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The FCCA has announced the topics and panelists for workshops during the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from September 26-30.
The workshops, led by cruise executives and knowledgeable industry experts, will focus on major topics such as shore excursions, safety and security practices, and purchasing, supplemented by insight from cruise line presidents and CEOs aimed to help attendees increase their cruise tourism business.
Micky Arison, chairman, Carnival Corporation will participate in the CEO Roundtable, which will grant insight into the latest and upcoming trends, and how it applies to private and public stakeholders.
"Today's Shore Excursions" will detail current shore excursions from executives representing the major cruise lines. It will be moderated by Amilcar Cascais, vice president, tour operations, Carnival Cruise Line, and will include presentations and discussions on matters like fulfilling the needs of larger ships, enticing cruisers to repeat shore excursions, and the importance of a collaborative structure between cruise lines, port operators, and tour operators.
The FCCA collaborated with Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Cruise Lines International Association, and Caribbean Tourism Organization on a workshop that will review best practices for safety and security measures involving destinations and ports. It will be moderated by Frank Comito, CEO and director general, CHTA.
There will also be a workshop focusing on the importance of sourcing in cruise destinations' local markets and how companies can optimize this opportunity, moderated by Michael Jones, vice president, strategic operations, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and FCCA Purchasing Committee chairman.
The event will bring together 1,000 cruise industry stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line executives for a balance of business sessions and networking, including one-on-one meetings, events to meet cruise executives, a trade show, and even events like the FCCA Table Tennis Challenge hosted by Adam Goldstein.