launch business and relationships with the executives, including: Orlando Ashford; Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc; Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Roberto Fusaro, President, MSC Cruises USA; Adam Goldstein; Lisa LutoffPerlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises; Tom McAlpin, President & CEO, Virgin Voyages; Kevin Sheehan, Chairman, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line; Andy Stuart, President, Norwegian Cruise Line; and Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises. The evening began in a close-knit setting between those executives and delegations from event sponsors: PortMiami, the featured sponsor, and main event sponsors of Bacardi, ExcursionInsurance. com, Park West Galleries, Port Canaveral, Port Everglades, Port St. Maarten, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Starboard Cruise Services, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, UBM and United States Virgin Islands.
“…THE FCCA’S MEETINGS AND EVENTS [MADE] IT POSSIBLE TO MEET WITH STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE IDEAS AND PROJECTS I WANT—AND NEED—TO HEAR ABOUT.” —ADAM GOLDSTEIN, VICE CHAIRMAN, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD.
After the exclusive reception, the ropes dropped for all the nearly 250 attendees—with a complimentary registration included for FCCA Platinum Members and open registration for those throughout the multifaceted industry and
attending Seatrade Cruise Global to have the opportunity—to get on board with the influential audience. All proceeds benefited the FCCA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization that supports humanitarian needs in the Caribbean and Latin America, including annual scholastic competitions awarding scholarships and its Holiday Gift Project – which brought presents, festivities and cheer to more than 6,000 deserving children throughout 32 destinations last year – while providing assistance to institutions such as hospitals and orphanages as well as causes including disaster relief, environmental initiatives and more throughout its 25-year history. “The more things change, the more they stay the same – and despite the revolutionary new format, the event stayed true to its roots: facilitating networking between Member Line executives and cruise tourism stakeholders, while contributing to a good cause,” told Paige. “That was also the same throughout our meetings and events at Seatrade, with new innovations and approaches launched almost daily and being the topic of discussion, but FCCA again using its proven formula to offer opportunities for all parties to grow together.” Indeed, this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global mirrored the fast-growing industry with record-breaking attendees, new features and a renewed location adding to its proven model, and FCCA maximized the chances to target key decision makers from Member Lines to foster relationships and business. Or, as Goldstein put it, “…the FCCA’s meetings and events “made” it possible to meet with stakeholders who have ideas and projects I want—and need—to hear about.”
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