FLORIDA-CARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION 2006 CRUISE CONFERENCE An Assembly of Cruise Industry Leaders to Learn and Grow Cruise Tourism
Pembroke Pines, FL (October 4, 2006) – The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will celebrate their 13th Annual Caribbean Cruise Conference and Trade Show – October 31-November 3, 2006 in the Cayman Islands. Despite the catastrophic devastation in 2004 in Grand Cayman – the destination is ready with open arms to receive the cruise industry. With only four weeks to go, the Conference has already attracted over 800 attendees, which include Ministers, regional government officials, port authorities, tour operators, tourism agencies, and suppliers from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, and the United States.
This year the FCCA Conference increases the cruise industry participation, with almost one hundred cruise executives from the Operations, Purchasing, Marketing and Shore Excursion areas from our Member Lines.
Micky Arison, Chairman & CEO, Carnival Corporation and FCCA’s Chairman will deliver the keynote address at the FCCA Conference Grand Opening to be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 8:45 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton, one of the official Conference hotels. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Arison will formally present FCCA’s 2006 Essay Competition winners – Abby Fernando Salazar Timmons, Mexico (Senior Division) and Theron Honore, Dominica (Junior Division).
For many cruise executives, destinations, suppliers and tour operators, the annual FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference & Trade Show is the premier industry event of the year to meet with key industry players, analyze trends and discuss current issues.
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Member Lines thank the Government and the People of the Cayman Islands for their great partnership and support and look forward to the best FCCA Conference ever!
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.