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Micky Arison - earlier served as FCCA chairman for 10 years

Arison resumes FCCA chairmanship on Sheehan's departure

Micky Arison has agreed to chair the executive committee of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, a post he previously held for a decade. Arison, the chairman of Carnival Corp. & plc, succeeds Kevin Sheehan, past president and ceo of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Sheehan served as FCCA chairman for the last five years. The association said he proved crucial to increasing the FCCA Platinum Membership program and further developing relationships with destinations through his 'hands-on dealings and unwavering dedication.'

For his part, Arison said he is 'honored and excited to again serve as the FCCA executive committee chairman,' adding that his past tenure showed the significance of the committee uniting member line presidents, ceos and/or chairmen to discuss operations within the Caribbean and Latin America.

'I look forward to continuing this role, which has become even more crucial as cruise lines continue to expand their capacities and markets,' Arison said.

FCCA president Michele Paige welcomed Arison's return. 'He served as chairman for 10 years and knows the importance of keeping a constant dialogue between the cruise lines and destinations to achieve mutually beneficial arrangements. His wealth of knowledge about the industry and destinations will lead the way to successful operations for both,' she said.

Besides his functions during executive committee meetings, Arison will interact with FCCA members and destination partners during FCCA events. His efforts are expected to further advance the committee's and FCCA's purposes, including discussing industry issues; building bilateral relationships with partner destinations' private and public sectors; maximizing passenger and crew spending; and enhancing the destination experience.

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