On Thursday 29 September 2022, in Mumbai, India the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s trade representative to the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF), is organizing the IORA India Cruise Tourism Conference, from 10:00 to 17:30 IST. In this event, IORA is expected to have the presence of senior government officials and business representatives. The conference will focus on deliberations on commercially viable opportunities within the IORA region for cruise tourism.

The conference will mainly deal with to development of coastal and maritime tourism represents a significant component of the blue economy together with its ability to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is not limited to SDG 14 (“Conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources”), but holistically integrates the role of the blue economy in achieving other SDGs, such as SDG 1 (“End poverty in all its forms everywhere”). According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the cruise industry supports over 1 million jobs and contributes $ 150 billion to the global economy each year. The world is in many ways at a tipping point in defining its economic priorities in the ocean. However, ocean resources are being exploited at a remarkably high rate, which has an impact on the marine environment. Indeed, human activities and the effects of climate change have greatly contributed to the shocking collapse of the health of the oceans and ocean ecosystems. The essential premise of sustainability in the industry is to ensure that the planet is not compromised for generations to come.

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