Industry Professionals Gather In San Pedro Sula, Honduras for First FCCA Central America Cruise Conference
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (May 4, 2011)—Hundreds of professionals from the private and public sectors of the seven countries of Central America—Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama—and Colombia gathered today in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to kick off the first FCCA Central America Cruise Conference.
Here, attendees from this rapidly emerging market of cruise tourism are presented with a chance to meet and discuss business with some of the most prominent decision makers from the cruise industries—cruise executives of the FCCA Member Lines, led by Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line and FCCA Chairman.
Taking place until May 6th, the FCCA Central America Cruise Conference provides a superb forum to those in the region doing or seeking to do business with the cruise industry. It offers business sessions, social functions and workshops to foster the exchange of information, sharing of ideas and cultivation of valuable business relationships in order to maximize the benefit of cruise tourism in the region and teach how to secure more ships and passengers.
Sheehan shared some of the importance of this event when saying, “I am glad to endorse and participate in the FCCA Central America Cruise Conference. Central America has become a marquee destination, and it is essential for us to know as much as possible about each other—our products, industries, demographics, etc. Only through this understanding can we reach a stable foundation for growth.”
Michele M. Paige, president of the FCCA, said, “The FCCA is proud to provide this resource to work together with the Central American region to reach a mutually beneficial understanding with these important cruise industry partners from this sector and give the necessary tools and knowledge to help them reach their full potential.”
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.