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Cruise industry to focus on opportunities at FCCA conference in Puerto Rico

By on October 9, 2018

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SAN JUAN – The workshop topics and panels have been finalized for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest of their kind in the Caribbean, which will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan on Nov. 5-9 this year.

The event by nonprofit trade organization is for attendees to learn about the cruise industry during an agenda filled with business sessions, networking, workshops and preset one-on-one meetings between delegates and cruise executives. Evening functions and tours are scheduled to also “help develop relationships and show some of Puerto Rico’s enchantment and local flavor, and a Trade Show featuring exclusive executive viewings and special events to drive participation from attendees and executives,” according to the announcing release.

Government representatives and some 150 cruise industry executives, “who represent 95 percent of global ocean cruising capacity,” are expected for the event, the FCCA said.

The conference workshops will focus on “key elements to foster long-standing mutual success between cruise lines and destination stakeholders. Plus, for the first time in the event’s 25-year history, chairmen of cruise lines and corporations will take the helm, with presidents and CEOs steering a separate workshop,” the release reads.

A “record 10 chairmen, presidents and/or CEOs from FCCA member lines” will present “unique perspectives and an all-encompassing view” of the industry, the FCCA said.

“From the ultimate decision-makers to high-level executives that determine where ships call, what sells on board and how to invest in destinations and products, the cruise industry will truly be on hand – and focused on maximizing synergies and potential opportunities with the audience,” FCCA President Michele Paige said.

Following the opening ceremony Nov. 6, participating chairmen of FCCA member lines—Micky Arison, chairman, Carnival Corporation & plc; Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; and Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises—will host, “Chair Talk,” to point out trends and developments “driving the industry’s record success and future growth, along with how it all relates to specific topics, and can grow business, for the stakeholders in attendance,” the FCCA said.

Later that day, Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International; Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp.; Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line; Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; and Andrew Stuart, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, will join the moderator and FCCA’s Paige to deliver the “Presidential Address.”

They will discuss “some of the differentiations and innovations driving the unique cruise brands that are going all in to stand out and appeal to their target markets both on board and on land – and how and why working together with destinations and stakeholders leads to benefits for all.”

High-level executives representing numerous sectors throughout the industry will get the floor Nov. 7. Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president, global port and destination development, Carnival, will moderate “Creating Great Destinations: From Demand to Experiences, Ports to Tours” with a panel including Russell Benford, vice president, government relations, Americas, Royal Caribbean Cruises; Russell Daya, executive director, marine and port operations, port developments and itinerary planning, Disney Cruise Line; Albino Di Lorenzo, vice president, cruise operations, MSC Cruises USA; Chrstine Manjencic, vice president, destination service operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; and Matthew Sams, vice president, Caribbean relations and private islands, Holland America Group.

They will “share what draws passengers to destinations and creates unforgettable memories once there, revealing how to increase both demand and guest satisfaction from an overarching destination level to individual port, tour and transportation options,” the FCCA said.

The final workshop will take place Nov. 8 and gather representatives from both the cruise line and destination sides, including Adam Goldstein, vice chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and chairman, FCCA; Richard Sasso, chairman, MSC Cruises USA; Giora Israel, senior vice president, global port development, Carnival Corp.; Hon. Allen Chastanet, prime minister, Saint Lucia, and chairman, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS); and Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of tourism, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In “Investing in Your Future,” they will review ways in which both parties are “preparing for their long-term futures, and how those plans often involve partnership with each other, from port and destination developments, new attractions and even agreements preserving natural elements, to business continuity, emergency plans and best practices.”

“I look forward to interacting with cruise tourism’s key stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show,” said Goldstein. “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.”

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