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PPI Group Celebrates the FCCA’s 40th Anniversary with Commemorative Book


The cruise industry’s leader in custom publications to create a special 100-plus-page book to mark the momentous achievement.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (July 31, 2012) — The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is turning the Big 4-O, and PPI Group can think of no gift more appropriate than a special anniversary-edition publication to celebrate the organization and all it does for the cruising industry.


Through beautiful photography and fascinating articles, this collectors’ item will examine the cruise industry’s development and chart the journey that so many have embarked upon to make this industry what it is today. Appropriately, this publication will premiere at this year’s FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show, taking place in Curaçao, October 1-5, 2012 and offering business sessions and social functions to bring together nearly 1,000 cruise industry partners and 100 cruise executives to cultivate valuable business relationships and knowledge of the industry’s inner-workings. It will also feature a silent auction and the FCCA Golf Classic, both benefitting the FCCA Foundation.


“We are proud of the FCCA and its continuing efforts to better not only the cruising industry, but also the places and people that we in this industry visit,” said Bill Panoff, president and CEO of PPI Group. “The FCCA has long been a positive pillar in the cruising community, and we wish to honor them in the best way we know how — by creating a custom publication that can be treasured forever.”


“Since joining the FCCA in 2010, I have been incredibly proud of the work we have done to continue to bring cruise lines together with governments, ports, and associations across the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line and chairman of the FCCA. “I am honored to be part of this incredible organization as we celebrate our 40th anniversary and look forward to achieving more important milestones in the future.”


“The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s mandate is to foster a better understanding of the cruise industry and to develop cooperative relationships with our destination partners at both the public and private sector levels in order to create a win-win situation for all,” said FCCA president, Michele M. Paige. “We are proud of the progress we have made to achieve our mandates over this time, but we know there is more ground to cover.”


About PPI Group
Based in Fort Lauderdale, PPI Group specializes in onboard and shoreside programs, custom publishing, and video production for the cruise industry. Porthole Cruise Magazine, its flagship publication, is the leading consumer cruise travel publication. PPI Group’s award-winning custom programming showcases onboard revenue centers, port shopping opportunities, and destination highlights through a wide range of videos including commercials, sales promotions, and product marketing. For more information, visit ppigroup.com and porthole.com.




Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds 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 and @FCCAupdates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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