Roatán, Honduras to Host the 7th Annual FCCA Platinum Associate Membership Conference
Roatán, Honduras (April 9, 2009) – This June, the island of Roatán off the Caribbean coast of Honduras will host the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA), 7th Annual Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council (PAMAC) Conference. Roatán’s cruise industry has been rapidly growing over the past five years, with 13 cruise lines currently offering port calls. Of particular note is the grand opening of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Town Center at Roatán Port in January 2009 – Central America’s first combination cruise port and community center, and Carnival Corporation & plc’s new cruise terminal (Mahogany Bay – Roatán) scheduled to open later this year. Cruise arrivals to the island have grown 170% in the last five years - from 161,000 in 2003 to 434,000 in 2008.
“The cruise industry in Roatán has become a vital component of Honduras’ growing tourism industry, and we are proud to have the opportunity to host the Platinum Conference and welcome the FCCA Platinum Members and Cruise Executives from the FCCA Member Lines to the island,” stated Hon. Ricardo Martinez, Minister of Tourism for Honduras. “For those who have never visited, the conference will showcase a wide variety of offerings. And those who have visited previously will experience the island’s positive growth first-hand.”
Roatán beckons to travelers seeking an affordable and adventure-driven Caribbean experience. Turquoise waters and the world’s second largest barrier reef surround the island, which measures approximately 37 miles long and 4 miles wide. Cruisers and overnight tourists alike are greeted by a warm people and laidback culture. The FCCA Platinum Conference will include island excursions such as zip-line canopy tours through the island’s rainforest, snorkeling with dolphins, visits to colorful botanical gardens, and underwater exploration with snorkel trips.
“Speaking on behalf of the people of Roatán, we are thrilled to be welcoming the FCCA Platinum Members and Cruise Executives, and sharing with them this remarkable destination and the friendly spirit of the island,” stated Dale Jackson, mayor of Roatán.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 19 Member Lines operating over 100 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.