India Embracing Cruises

India is taking note of the appeal of a cruise vacation and to entice more lines to include India's ports on its itineraries, the government is looking to ease rules and restrictions and make it less burdensome for tourists to obtain visas. India's government is considering waiving the 12.33 percent service tax on services rendered on cruise ships and ferries, while also easing immigration restrictions for tourists, The Economic Times in India writes. The government cites cruising's growth, which annually increases between 10 percent and 20 percent, as a reason to implement the new policies. One official cited the Caribbean and Latin America as models to follow.

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