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The Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America Make Waves at Seatrade Europe

estinations and stakeholders from the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America were in the middle of Europe’s meeting point for the cruise industry, Seatrade Europe, and its most-ever cruise line executives through a record initiative by Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). “We could not be more honored to see the turnout at our Seatrade Europe Pavilion – and to feel the excitement during festive events that drew constant crowds while displaying our partners’ offerings,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “We thank all those who visited, especially the more than 35 cruise executives, and we are excited to begin helping turn the potential from the more than 60 meetings into actionable items and mutual success.” “Thanks to our partnership with the FCCA, our participation at this year’s Seatrade Europe in Hamburg was one of tremendous value and results,” said Orfila Salazar, director of cruise, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our delegation—which included a team from Ports of San Souci, La Romana and our newest project, Taino Bay—was able to carry out key meetings that we have no doubt will help us achieve industry goals in the short-, midand long-term range. We look forwarding to continuing partnering with the FCCA for not only Seatrade Med next year, but in other key industry events in the near future.” For the third consecutive year, FCCA engaged its initiative to connect destination stakeholders with key entities from the European cruise market by coordinating opportunities for meetings, networking, exhibiting and more at Seatrade Europe/ Med and beyond. This year’s record 14 Partners, the initiative’s most and 75 percent higher than its inaugural year, witnessed another record in Hamburg, Germany from September 11-13—with the most-ever cruise line executives as well as a footfall of over 5,000— and benefitted from the FCCA’s initiative to put its Partners in the spotlight. Partners had individual booth space to showcase their products, with all booths featuring private meeting areas where Partners 22 FOURTH QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE

with European cruise lines during networking and exhibiting opportunities. We profiled the latest developments and experiences at Port St. Maarten and are looking forward to capitalizing on the potential business items that we discussed. Otherwise, its full steam ahead for the 2019-2020 cruise season.” Additionally, FCCA furthered the exposure and opportunities for Seatrade Europe Partners both at the event, including distributed materials, and beyond, with the Association’s efforts continuing year-round to follow up on actionable items from prescheduled meetings. “Aruba participated within the FCCA pavilion for the first time at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg this past week and without a doubt provided us great leverage to carry out a productive agenda at this year’s show,” said Mario Arends, cruise manager, Aruba Tourism Authority. “We look forward to Seatrade Med in 2020!” FCCA will also participate at the next Seatrade Europe at the Hamburg Fair site from September 8-10, 2021, along with Seatrade Cruise Med in Málaga, Spain from September 15-17, 2020.

“…KEY MEETINGS THAT WE HAVE NO DOUBT WILL HELP US ACHIEVE INDUSTRY GOALS…” —ORFILA SALAZAR, DIRECTOR OF CRUISE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF TOURISM

hosted more than 60 meetings that FCCA helped coordinate with the executives from European ocean and river cruise lines in attendance, as well as key stakeholders. FCCA also organized private networking events to help Partners develop relationships, understanding and potential business in a comfortable setting. In total, more than 35 high-level cruise executives visited the FCCA Pavilion for the meetings and events. “We are proud to have been one of the 14 FCCA partners for Seatrade Europe initiative,” said Port St. Maarten Management. “It allowed us to connect

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Travel & Cruise 4th Quarter 2019  

4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

Travel & Cruise 4th Quarter 2019  

4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

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