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FCCA Wraps Up Cruise Shipping Miami with More Meetings and Networking Opportunities
Pembroke Pines, FL (March 20, 2015) - The Florida-Caribbean had a busy last day of Cruise Shipping Miamitickets (CSM), with multiple meetings and a closing event for attendees to celebrate the end of CSM and finalize deals with the attending Member Line executives, presidents & CEOs.
Meetings took place throughout the day for destinations' private and public sectors and cruise line executives to discuss operations and route for the future, including Business Research & Economic Advisers (BREA) discussing their upcoming economic impact study of Caribbean and Latin American destinations, as well as Oaxaca, Mexico's Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development Government.
"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."
The closing event gathered nearly 500 at LIV in Fountainebleau, Miami Beach. Cruise tourism stakeholders could finally take off their dress shoes and put on dancing shoes while enjoying the opportunity to network with Member Line presidents, CEOs and executives who decide where ships call, what to sell onboard and how to invest in infrastructure.
"FCCA's closing event for Cruise Shipping Miami gives a unique chance to interact with the cruise industry," told Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and the FCCA, who was on-hand at the event, along with Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "Building relationships with the industry's decision makers paves the way for successful operations and dealings, and the FCCA and its events always offer that."
The event was made possible by the featured sponsorship of the ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with the supporting sponsors: American Guard Services, Bacardi, Costa Maya, Isla Cozumel, Mexico Tourism Board, Port of Houston, PPI Group and Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
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. Multiple meetings and receptions took place throughout the event, and the annual FCCA Gala featured a sit-down dinner with executives selected by attendees.

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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