Puerto Rico to Host Most important Convention of the Cruise Industry
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico will be hosting this Friday the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) 23rd cruise industry convention. The event will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from the 26th to the 30th of September and has already confirmed the attendance of 1,000 delegates.
“This definitely represents a positive impact on hotel occupancy and economic development… generating over 1,800 room nights and approximately $1.3 million in economic impact,” said Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) as proof that the cruise industry is booming.
Rivera Rocafort also emphasized that people “will have the opportunity to do business directly with these major cruise lines to supply products to the ships arriving in the island, which is an advantage for local products.”
“Being host of the FCCA reiterates the trust we have regained from the highest executives in the cruise industry, thanks to the efforts the Ports Authority has made, such as expanding the dock 3 for mega cruises and the incentives they have offered during low season to attract new cruises and increase passenger traffic,” the executive director of the Ports Authority, Ingrid Rodríguez Colberg, said in a statement.
The president of the FCCA, Michel Paige, appreciated the efforts Puerto Rico had put in to host the convention.
“They have not spared any effort to attract executives of the cruise lines and participants, allowing everyone to appreciate the offers and improvements that have led to impressive growth of the cruise industry, a trend which we are keen to see continue,” Paige said.
This event will feature forums on topics such as tourism development, ports, safety and other cruise industry related affairs. It also promotes building relations with the public and private sectors, as well as with other countries.
Among the FCCA members are AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.