Meetings & Events
Eastern Caribbean Representatives and Cruise Executives Again Join to Continue Developing Best Practices and Mutual Success A joint delegation of government and private industry representatives from destinations including the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined their second FCCA Operations Committee Meeting—with key executives from FCCA Member Lines representing 95 percent of global ocean cruising capacity—in order to continue working and growing together following the historic 2017 hurricane season through developing best practices, safeguards for the future, improved infrastructure, new experiences and more.
astern Caribbean destinations like the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands have already made incredible recoveries following a historic hurricane season. But instead of celebrating their momentous accomplishments, they continue to look to the future and ways to improve. In addition to implementing initiatives like new cultural activities and destination products, enhanced infrastructure, safeguards for the future and frontline and
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tour guide training, those destinations have formed an Eastern Caribbean coalition, also including Dominica, to meet with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Member Line executives to discuss best practices and lessons learned, prepare for the current season and a sustainable future, and devise ways to improve and become even better than ever. For their second time, a delegation of government and private industry representatives from those destinations joined the monthly FCCA Operations Committee
Meeting on June 21, where high-level executives from FCCA Member Lines—which operate about 200 vessels and 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity— gather to discuss operations and opportunities in the region. Destination representatives included the U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty; St. Maarten Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunications and Transport Hon. Cornelius de Weever; Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) Executive