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Arison resumes FCCA chairmanship, Di Lorenzo heads Operations Committee

MSC Cruises' Albino Supino Di Lorenzo, left, to chair Operations Committee, while Carnival's Micky Arison takes on another term as FCCA chairman
Micky Arison will take over from Adam Goldstein as chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, while Albino Supino Di Lorenzo will succeed Carlos Torres de Navarra as chair of the FCCA's Operations Committee.

The appointments are effective Jan. 1.

Arison has served for a dozen years previously

Arison, chairman of Carnival Corp. & plc, is one of the FCCA's Executive Committee founding members and has served as FCCA chairman for a total of 12 years in the past.

His latest tenure as FCCA chairman, from 2015-2017, was shorter than his prior decade-long term, but in that brief span Arison helped the FCCA Platinum program flourish by adding new benefits and expanding its membership 50%. He also helped develop the partnership between the FCCA and Cruise Lines International Association, which saw the rebranding of the FCCA’s quarterly magazine, Travel & Cruise, to become the cruise industry's official publication.

Di Lorenzo, VP cruise operations for MSC Cruises USA, will assume a two-year term as chairman for the Operations Committee, which includes numerous high-level operations executives from FCCA member lines and conducts frequent meetings with destinations and stakeholders.

Goldstein accomplishments

Goldstein, vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., expressed pride in the cruise industry’s strengthened relationships with destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America during his term as FCCA chairman.

This outreach has become increasingly important, he said, with the region facing challenges and opportunities in today’s highly competitive and globalized environment.

Under Goldstein’s direction, the association engaged in initiatives including the multifaceted, award-winning 'Caribbean Is Open/Caribbean for Everyone' advertising campaign following last year’s devastating hurricanes, along with providing life-sustaining supplies, such as sleeping pods and semi-permanent structures, and coordinating many of the relief efforts among the affected destinations and member lines. He also led the restructuring of the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, with the association taking full control of operations and striking a landmark deal with Puerto Rico Tourism Co. to host the event from 2018-2021.

As well, new features to FCCA programs and events were added, from expanding regional stakeholders’ reach to Europe and around the world, to more involvement by member line presidents and above at exclusive Platinum Member functions and various ventures to advance the core mission of developing mutual understanding and success with destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Torres de Navarra achievements

Under Torres de Navarra, VP, commercial port operations, Carnival Cruise Line, the Operations Committee undertook initiatives such as its first joint destination meetings to work with Eastern Caribbean representatives from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands following the historic 2017 hurricane season in order to aid in recovering cruise tourism, build back better and share lessons learned and best practices.