Prominent cruise industry leaders and executives will meet in Aruba next year, as the Aruba Tourism Authority hosts the 2017 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on June 14-16, 2017.
“Our One happy island is thrilled to host the innovators and key decision makers of the cruise industry,” said Ronella Tijn Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority. “We look forward to showcasing the changes Aruba has undergone over the past few years and how these changes positively influence the experience of all visiting cruise guests.”
“We could not be prouder to work with Aruba for this important event,” said Michele Paige, President of the FCCA. “Joining high-level cruise executives and prominent cruise tourism stakeholders, it will offer all attendees a unique opportunity to increase business, and Aruba is pulling out all the stops to display its products, advancements and happiness to the influential audience.”
Welcoming more than 30 senior executives from the FCCA’s 19 Member Lines and 150 esteemed FCCA Platinum Members, the conference will touch on a variety of topics within the industry during business sessions monitoring the cruise sector, along with one-on-one meetings between the members and executives and networking events in the evenings. Plus, the event will work hand-in-hand with FCCA’s charitable arm, the FCCA Foundation, by donating to a local charity that will be chosen by Aruba’s authorities.
From diverse activities and historical attractions to flavorful cuisine and captivating beaches, Aruba Tourism Authority plans to incorporate a taste of on-island culture into the conference program, creating an authentic Aruban experience for the executives, members and guests.
Aruba’s cruise sector has experienced proportionate growth in line with overall tourism performance. In June 2016, the cruise tourism welcomed 25,452 passengers, a 14.4 percent increase from June 2015, and is expected to have a strong year with over 5% growth as compared to 2015.