Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2012

St. Maarten selected to host 2014 FCCA cruise conference

PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten has been selected to host the 2014 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) annual Conference and Trade Show. FCCA President Michele Paige informed harbour CEO Mark Mingo of St. Maarten's selection in a letter dated November 27, 2012.

The FCCA Executive Committee selected St. Maarten as the destination for the cruise industry's premier conference.

The FCCA Executive Committee comprises Carnival Corporation Chairman and CEO Micky Arison; Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein; MSC Cruises (USA) Inc. President and CEO Richard Sasso; Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz; Princess Cruises Vice President Caribbean and Atlantic Shore Operations Steve Nielsen; and is chaired by Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan.

"We know how much effort led to this, along with the strides that have been made in the overall product, and we could not be any more pleased to reward this hard work. Also, we hope this is a symbol of appreciation of our long-standing partnership, as well as a forerunner of more to come," Paige said in her letter to Mingo.

The FCCA Conference is the premier industry event of the year for many cruise executives and destinations, suppliers and tour operators; an opportunity to meet in a roundtable format with key players to analyse industry trends and discuss current issues. It brings together more than 100 cruise executives and 1,000 industry partners.

The 2013 Conference will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from September 30 to October 4. As the FCCA proceeds into tomorrow, it will remain steadfast in its mission to create win-win partnerships between the cruise lines and cruise destinations throughout the greater Caribbean and Latin American region.

St. Maarten last hosted the event in 2003.

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