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FCCA’s Live Events Move Full Steam Ahead with Return of FCCA Cruise Conference

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fter navigating the rough seas due to COVID-19 over a long 15 months, FCCA has an exciting new 20212022 event calendar of live events that have become synonymous with developing mutual understanding and success. In addition to the FCCA – PortMiami Return to Cruise Summit that took place on June 22 and is detailed on the prior pages, FCCA will soon relaunch its keynote event, the FCCA Cruise Conference, this October, with it then going back to Puerto Rico in June 2022. “It has been a long 15 months, but we have been buoyed by the support and efforts of so many to ensure that the show will go on,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “Our events are now more important than ever with the added significance for so many throughout our partner destinations who rely on cruise tourism’s economic contribution to return to their lives and livelihoods.” From October 18-21, the FCCA Cruise Conference – the only official cruise conference representing the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico – will make its relaunch with a new itinerary and host destination: Panama. The reworked format will focus on one-on-one meetings and expanded networking opportunities, while still incorporating a series of workshops with invaluable information for attendees. Additionally, the destination will have sur14 SECOND QUARTER 2021 | TRAVEL & CRUISE

prises in store to showcase its potential for cruise to the prestigious audience. “We are beyond grateful to all those involved throughout Panama for stepping up to the plate to host our keynote event in the wake of the crisis caused by COVID-19,” said Paige. “This year will not only have added significance for so many throughout our partner destinations who rely on cruise tourism’s economic contribution, but also for anyone who has an interest in doing business with cruise lines – and 2019’s record attendance of Member Lines’ presidents and above, as well as the most meetings ever, again displayed the cruise industry’s commitment to the event and its platform for working directly with destinations and stakeholders, along with listening to their needs and understanding how to develop long-term mutual success.” All Conference participants will have access to workshops led by cruise executives and successful stakeholders concentrated on topics focused on everything from navigating

the ‘new normal’ to developing all-encompassing and far-reaching plans – and participants’ needs will take center stage, with most workshops encouraging audience input. All participants will also have opportunities to meet with cruise executives during networking functions throughout the event, which will showcase some of the best to see, eat and hear in Panama while displaying what it can offer to not only cruise guests, but also cruise ships in terms of provisioning and homeporting ability. Additionally, those networking opportunities and the event’s long-standing oneon-one meetings will serve as the main ingredient in the reworked format being created for the FCCA Cruise Conference. The FCCA Cruise Conference will then return to San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 1-3, 2022, looking to build onto the new structure – as well as the past successes of the event in Puerto Rico in 2016, 2018 and 2019, including the record attendance of Member Lines’ presidents and above, along with the most meetings ever, in 2019 – and again welcome the numerous cruise executives and stakeholders that have helped the destination secure itself as a premier player in the cruise industry. “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 Paige. “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.”

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