Cruiseships docked in Old San Juan >Josian E. Bruno Gómez

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will hold its FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in San Juan, from Oct. 21-25, offering meetings and workshops, along with networking, exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for cruise tourism stakeholders to target some of the industry's most influential players.

The aim of the event is to strengthen business and relationships with top executives from FCCA Member Lines, which operate more than 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity.

The event is particularly important for Puerto Rico’s tourism industry, as San Juan is a major cruiseship port and destination. Of the more than 4 million visitors that the island receives annually, this year, an estimated 1.8 million are expected to be cruiseship travelers, according to official figures from Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s destination marketing organization,

"We cannot be more honored and excited to already have the most presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines confirmed in the event's over 25-year history," said Michele Paige, president of the FCCA in a statement. "This is a clear sign of cruise lines' interest in proactively working with destinations and stakeholders, which is the event's main goal and reason for creation, and every attendee will have an opportunity to positively impact their cruise tourism business."

At least 13 presidents from FCCA Member Lines have already registered – the most in the event's history – as part of the more than 100 total high-level executives, with projections calling for more than 150 cruise executives on hand for the conference's series of meetings, workshops and networking functions, as well as the trade show.

Among those participating are top executives from Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Azara cruise lines.

Reporter for The Weekly Journal. She is a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Rosario received both of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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