Doing Business with the Cruise Industry: Easy as FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, Now Open for Registration
Pembroke Pines, FL (April 14, 2016) - Registration opened today for the 23rd annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from September 26-30, 2016. The event will gather over 1,000 cruise tourism stakeholders and more than 100 FCCA Member Line executives, presidents and CEOs for a four-day series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities.
"The FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show helps cruise tourism stakeholders maximize their business," said Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and the FCCA, who will be on-hand at the event. "In addition to imparting necessary operational knowledge, the event provides an invaluable resource-knowing the right people-by linking attendees with some of industry's most important decision makers."
The event offers a unique opportunity to target representatives from FCCA's 19 Member Lines who decide where ships call, what products are sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure. Attendees can access these key decision makers in a format that balances business sessions and casual interaction, including one-on-one meetings with pre-selected cruise executives, which provide a chance to promote products and receive individualized input; social functions that foster networking and relationship building; and workshops focused on current issues with panels comprised of knowledgeable industry professionals and cruise executives, along with the presidents and CEOs heading a roundtable discussion.
Together, this creates the perfect forum for exchanging information and industry trends, sharing ideas, and cultivating valuable business relationships. Plus, a ratio of about one cruise executives per 10 attendees affords some of the best odds to meet and gain insight from the influential cruise executives, as well as cruise lines' presidents and CEOs.
"I look forward to interacting with cruise tourism's key stakeholders [at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show]," said Adam Goldstein, president & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, and perennial participant at the event. "This is a valuable opportunity for regional destinations and operators to learn how they are being affected by and can take advantage of the industry's latest developments."
The Trade Show expands this target, allowing exhibitors to capture the attention of this prominent audience. Any booth puts their product, company, or destination on attendees' and executives' minds, but special destination pavilion options provide the greatest impact at the Trade Show by showcasing a destination product as a team-from vendors and tour operators to destination ministries and port operators.
Attendees can also experience San Juan's exciting setting, activities and new infrastructure, allowing attendees to experience what cruise passengers see and do during a stay-over visit and why it welcomed more than 1.6 million cruise passengers from FCCA Member Lines last year-a 17 percent increase since the destination last hosted the event in 2011.
For anyone looking to establish or grow cruise tourism business, San Juan is the place to be from September 26-30.
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.