Key Cruise Executives and Industry Stakeholders Cultivate Business and Fun in Punta Cana at the FCCA PAMAC Conference
igh-level cruise executives, key stakeholders, business and relationship development during everything from meetings, site visits and presentations to tours, receptions and cultural events— Dominican Republic had it all while hosting the 2018 FCCA PAMAC Conference in Punta Cana. About 20 decision-making executives from FCCA Member Lines and 200 FCCA Platinum Members—along with their colleagues and even family members— gathered for the event that has become synonymous with blending business and fun to foster mutual success. “FCCA events like the PAMAC Conference are essential to both the members and cruise executives,” said Adam Goldstein, vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and chairman of the FCCA. “They make it possible to meet with important stakeholders throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, helping us work synergistically to improve cruise tourism in the regions.” It launched June 6th with VIP treatment for attendees, receiving a warm welcome at and transfer from the airport to the host hotel, Barcelo Bavaro Palace Resort. And that convenience carried over to the next event, with a welcome reception taking place at the hotel’s 26 THIRD QUARTER 2018 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
beachfront and offering members and executives a chance to meet or reacquaint themselves while enjoying cultural entertainment, delectable cuisine and discussions ranging from business expansions to family additions. After all, one of the most valuable aspects of Platinum Membership is the familiarity it breeds between members and executives through regular contact during exclusive Platinum Membership events. “We continue to offer events like these to bring together our Platinum Members
“FCCA EVENTS LIKE THE PAMAC CONFERENCE ARE ESSENTIAL TO BOTH THE MEMBERS AND CRUISE EXECUTIVES.” -ADAM GOLDSTEIN, VICE CHAIRMAN, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD., & CHAIRMAN, FCCA
and Member Line executives, as this is the best way for them to better understand each other and their current happenings so they can grow and improve together,” said Michele Paige, president of the FCCA. The collaboration possible by joining some of the destinations’ private and public sectors’ premier players with FCCA Member Line cruise executives is also the best way to nurture future business and learn from each other. Conversation flows freely through the casual atmosphere and guarantees that every member has the ability to interact with executives, comfortable enough to speak freely and ask the necessary questions. The next day was marked by one of the event’s most important proceedings, the semi-annual PAMAC Meeting, which brought together the entire group to discuss operations and developments, with select Platinum Members giving presentations for the executives and other members to learn about and from, such as Carla Campos, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, displaying the destination’s recovery and preparations to enchant the expected 100 cruise executives and 1,000 attendees when hosting the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in San Juan from November 5-9.