FCCA Commences Cruise Shipping Miami with Meetings and Events between Platinum Members and Cruise Executives
Miami Beach, FL (March 18, 2015) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) commenced the first day of Cruise Shipping Miami's (CSM) delegate functions with a day of events fostered to promote understanding and relationship building between cruise executives, FCCA Platinum Members and partner destinations.
"The FCCA is crucial to maximizing time and opportunities during this busy week," told Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and the FCCA, who was on-hand at a reception that took place in the FCCA's CSM booth (#695). "Time becomes extremely limited throughout Cruise Shipping, and the FCCA makes it possible to meet with some of the industry's most important stakeholders."
"Our meetings and events make it possible to take advantage of what Cruise Shipping Miami offers," said Michele M. Paige, president of FCCA. "This global event gathers some of the most prominent cruise executives and stakeholders, and we pride ourselves on ensuring that these key entities meet to discuss crucial operational issues and develop relationships that pave the way for future business."
A series of meetings took place between FCCA Member Line executives, partner destinations and Platinum Members, including the U.S. Virgin Islands; Sinaloa, Mexico; Quintana Roo, Mexico; Barbados; API Sonora; a Caribbean and Latin American delegation discussing German-speaking tour guides to enhance the guest experience for German brands like TUI Cruises and AIDA; and a meeting with Karl Holz, president, Disney Cruise Line.
Plus the FCCA booth hosted a private reception for Platinum Members and guests to target the attending executives, enabling discussions ranging from business operations and recent happenings to family and plans for the week.
These functions were just a few of the FCCA initiatives during CSM that help members and attendees maximize their chances to target cruise line executives, presidents and CEOs.
Today will also feature receptions and meetings at the FCCA booth (#695), along with the 21st annual Gala, which will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center and allow over 400 attendees to sit down for dinner and discussions with an executive of their choice, as well as interact with the numerous other executives, presidents and CEOs at a 90-minute cocktail reception and art auction. There will also be a private closing event tomorrow to let FCCA members and executives wrap up conversations and finalize deals.
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.