FLORIDA-CARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION Michele M. Paige ~ President Michele M. Paige’s career in the cruise industry spans more than three decades. She spent 17 years in various positions at the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). In February of 1992, Ms. Paige came on board with the FloridaCaribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as its director of operations and communications, steering the association on issues such as: destination port development, product development, research and training, as well as serving as a liaison with environmental entities. She was appointed to head the association in January of 1994 as its executive director and named president in March 1997. Ms. Paige continues to chart a course in the development and implementation of the association’s numerous pro-active innovative programs, reporting directly to the association’s Executive Committee. Ms. Paige has initiated such impactful programs and forums as the annual FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the FCCA Foundation, the FCCA outreach programs, the FCCA associate membership programs, as well as training programs geared to taxi drivers and service providers, to name a few. More importantly, great strides have been made in the realization of the FCCA’s mandate: strengthening the ties between the cruise industry, the Caribbean and Latin America. Under her presidency, the association enjoys membership in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) (of which Ms. Paige is an Executive Committee Board Member), the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), the Puerto Rico Shipping Association and the Special Olympics-Caribbean (of which Ms. Paige is a Board Member), as well as being a signator to the Cruise Industry’s “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Michele enjoys dual lifestyles in Southwest Ranches and Brooksville, Florida, doting on her two children, granddaughter, horses and dogs.
CRUISE INDUSTRY PROFILES • 2011
FCCA 2011 Cruise Industry Highlights and Profiles. The who's who of the Cruise Line Industry.