Mumbai-Goa cruise ship services would be operational very soon said Union transport minister Nitin Gadkar​i. He was speaking at the Goan of the year awards organised by the Lokmat media group in Panaji in the presence of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar and other members of the state cabinet. Gadkari said, the new cruise ship terminal and new airport in the state would boost tourism, which is a key economic driver for the state. Tourism in the state is increasing rapidly, but care needs to be taken to ensure that it does not have adverse effects.