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.