Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s FCCA Cruise Conference – claimed to be the only official cruise conference representing the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America – will return to San Juan, Puerto Rico next year.
Taking place from 1st to 3rd June, 2022, the event will feature one-on-one meetings and expanded networking opportunities with high-level executives from FCCA member lines, which represent more than 90% of global ocean cruising capacity.
“We, along with our member line executives and partners around the region, are ecstatic to return to Puerto Rico for the FCCA Cruise Conference in 2022,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA (pictured). “This return displays the long-standing relationship we have had with the destination and the ability to constantly grow together, which is truly what the event is all about, so this will be the perfect place and time to gather our partners to develop mutual understanding and success.”
“The Government of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company are proud to welcome back the Annual FCCA Conference & Trade Show to our Convention District in San Juan, Puerto Rico”, said the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Carlos Santiago Mercado.
“As one of the first destinations in the world to implement a health & safety programme specifically designed for the tourism industry, the Island is well prepared to host international events and conventions such as this one.
“Next year’s meeting is especially important and noteworthy as it will provide both an excellent opportunity to discuss strategic plans to strengthen global cruise industry operations, and the ideal forum to forge public and private sector collaborative alliances after the unprecedented impact of the global pandemic on the travel and tourism industry,” he said.
All conference participants will have access to workshops led by cruise executives and other stakeholders, along with opportunities to meet with cruise executives during networking functions throughout the event.
These networking opportunities, as well as one-on-one meetings, will benefit from an expanded focus through the FCCA Cruise Conference’s new format being established this year, while building on the past successes of the event in Puerto Rico in 2016, 2018 and 2019, including the record attendance of member lines’ presidents and above, as well as the most meetings ever in 2019.
In addition, Puerto Rico will have increased chances to showcase some of the best to see, eat and hear in the destination for cruise guests, along with what it offers cruise ships for provisioning and homeporting, which has led it to being one of the key players in the global cruise industry.
Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organisation 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.
FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximise 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, it said.