Call to register for 21st FCCA cruise conferencePOSTED: 08/25/14 11:02 PM
St. Maarten – The business community is encouraged to register for the 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference and trade show from October 6-10.
The process to start registering for one-on-one meetings with cruise executives has started. These meetings are first come, first serve, and requests will be sent based on the time of registration at https://www.regonline.com/fccastmaarten
Participation in the event is pricey though. The FCCA charges $3,500 for what it calls on its website a “standard hardwall booth,” $60,000 for a booth in the “Feature Partner Pavilion,” $50,000 for the “Premier Destination Pavilion” and $35,000 for the “Showcase Pavilion.” It is not immediately clear from the FCCA website what delegates have to pay, but the site notes that registrations at the conference site will be charged “a premium rate of $1,800.”
Delegates have access to meetings and workshops, but exhibitors do not.
The conference and trade show is expected to attract more than 1,000 cruise industry partners, including close to 100 executives.
The focus of the conference is on developing business, relationships and knowledge during four days of meetings, workshops and social functions.
Delegates have up to three meetings with their selected cruise executives, who represent the various departments of their cruise line(s), including operations, purchasing, marketing, shore excursions and government relations.
Each one-on-one meeting allots 15 minutes for delegates to privately discuss with and receive personalized input from a cruise executive that can positively impact their business in many ways – from selling a product or shore excursion on-board or increasing ship calls to tailor-making an excursion/product or developing infrastructure that the cruise lines and destinations need.
For cruise executives, ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, attractions, ship agents, suppliers and tour operators, this is the premier industry event to meet key industry players, analyze trends and discuss current issues.
At the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo facility the construction of a convention center consisting of four buildings is underway on harbor property that was previously used as a container storage area.