PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the only trade association representing the mutual interests between the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America, is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 24th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise tourism conference and trade show in the region. Taking place in Merida, Mexico from October 23-27, it will offer cruise tourism stakeholders a four-day series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities with presidents, CEOs and high-level executives from the FCCA's 19 Member Lines.
"The FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show helps cruise tourism stakeholders maximize their business," said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. "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."
"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 Chairman, FCCA. "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."
Attendees can target executives like Goldstein and other representatives from the FCCA's 19 Member Lines who decide where ships call, what products are sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destination products and infrastructure. These key decision makers are available in both business sessions and casual interaction, including one-on-one meetings with pre-selected cruise executives providing 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 FCCA Member Line 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 executives.
The Trade Show expands this target, allowing exhibitors to capture the attention of this prominent audience. Any booth puts a 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 as a team—from vendors and tour operators to destination ministries and port operators.
Attendees can also experience Merida's picturesque setting and engaging culture, with attendees experiencing some of what cruise passengers, and locals, see and do through a host of events planned by the Yucatán Tourism Board.
About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
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 issue 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, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.
SOURCE Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)