Trinidad & Tobago set to host the 15th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show


PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The premier industry event of the year will take place October 27-31, 2008 in Port of Spain, Trinidad – the country’s capital city. Attendees and activities will be housed in its newest, waterfront, five-star hotel: the Hyatt
Regency Trinidad Hotel. Nestled between Southern Caribbean and Latin
America, with only seven miles separating Trinidad and Tobago from
Venezuela explains the eclectic culture formed. Trinidad offers samplings
of the Far East, India, Africa, or Spain, and celebrates its rich
background through their festivals.

Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Corporation and Chairman of the FCCA
tells that the Annual Cruise Conference and Trade Show “is the time my
colleagues and I set aside to spend working with the Caribbean and Latin
America to better know each other and to better the industry.” It is a
forum where over 1,000 cruise industry partners will come together with 100
Cruise Executives from the FCCA Member Lines. Executives from the FCCA
Member Lines will host a series of round table discussions in the areas of
Marketing, Shore Excursions and Operations. As Executives share their
expertise and offer ideas for the future, delegates will have the
opportunity to participate during the question and answer session allowing
for an interactive and informative series of workshops.

The FCCA Conference is the only event that also offers pre-set meetings
with select Cruise Executives on a one-on-One basis for pre-registered
Delegates. This is the perfect opportunity to meet with key players,
analyze industry trends and discuss current issues. Sessions will be
arranged and confirmed prior to the Conference. As Michele Paige, President
of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, explains, “…the Conference’s
core mandate is to work with our private and public sector partners;
maximizing benefits the cruise industry represents is our focus.”

Still, plenty events at the Conference enact a more relaxed setting and
more fluid networking. The Annual Golf Tournament has become an important
resource for meeting top executives in an exclusive casual atmosphere. Play
in a foursome hosted by a Cruise Executive and contribute to a worthy
cause, the FCCA Foundation. The 11th Annual Golf Tournament will take place
at the Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club, Trinidad, on Tuesday, October
28th. Other more casual social opportunities include the Cocktail
Reception, Welcome Party, and Trinidad’s Night Extravaganza.

Bid on cruise vacations at a fraction of the cost while mixing and
mingling with the Member Cruise Executives at the evening social functions
and pre- and post-tours. Along with getting great deals, participants gain
the satisfaction of benefiting the FCCA Foundation.

For more information on the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, please
contact Terri Cannici at (954) 441-8881 or

FCCA is a trade association composed of 11 Member Lines: Carnival
Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Disney
Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Norwegian Cruise
Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean
International. It was created in 1972 by the Member Lines operating more
than 100 vessels in Florida, Caribbean and Mexican waters, in order to
discuss and exchange views on issues relating to: legislation, tourism
development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues.