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FCCA is heading to its first Seatrade Europe

Michele Paige - 'excited for the FCCA to participate in its first Seatrade Europe'
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association will participate in its first Seatrade Europe this year in Hamburg, Sept. 6-8, with a trade show booth, private meetings, networking receptions and other activities.

The association's new initiative at Seatrade Europe provides a way to foster partnerships between destinations and cruise lines, according to FCCA chairman Adam Goldstein, president and chief operating officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

'The FCCA has a long history of developing these partnerships, and its new initiative at Seatrade Europe offers a proven way for its Caribbean and Latin American partners to get closer to European cruise lines, stakeholders and source markets,' Goldstein said.

'I am excited for the FCCA to participate in its first Seatrade Europe, but it is even more fulfilling that this presents a new opportunity to help our partners,' FCCA president Michele Paige said. 'We have already been working to prepare our partners for the cruise industry’s increasingly global passengers, and this initiative presents the perfect opportunity to develop partnerships and business with cruise lines and stakeholders from a key market.'

The FCCA is providing booth space at its Seatrade Europe pavilion for destinations and stakeholders to showcase their products to the expected 5,000 attendees. This will include private meeting space where destination partners can host one-on-one meetings that the FCCA will help coordinate with the 270 cruise executives in attendance.

Participants include Belize Tourism Board, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Dominican Republic Tourism Board, Guatemala Institute of Tourism, Port St. Maarten, US Virgin Islands ports, Blue Planet Tours and Aquila Cruise Excellence.

The FCCA’s Seatrade Europe partners will also have access to these key European river and ocean line executives through the FCCA’s expanded partnership with its sister association, Cruise Lines International Association. The FCCA and CLIA Presidents' Reception will enable 40 to 50 cruise executives and the destination stakeholders to network in a casual setting.

'Creating opportunities for dialogue between cruise lines and the port and destinations community is critically important for our industry’s growth,' said Cindy D’Aoust, president and ceo, CLIA. 'Seatrade Europe has always been an important event for CLIA, and I am looking forward to sharing this experience with our friends at FCCA.'