St. Maarten bids to host 2014 FCCA conference

POSTED: 06/6/12 12:01 PM

President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Michel Paige embraces Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet (seated) during a family photo that includes FCCA cruise line representatives along with St. Maarten Harbour delegation officials.

St. Maarten – A delegation from the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies led by Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet, met with officials from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on Tuesday. The meetings included discussions with President of the FCCA Michel Paige, introductory meetings with cruise line partners and discussions on strategy, pending harbour projects and concerns from the cruise lines. The main topics were land base tour revenues and fueling issues, which impact itinerary planning. Pantophlet also gave the cruise lines clarity on the future of harbour plans as well as existing projects.

“There is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of strategic projects need to be completed such as Pier I repairs as well as maintenance dredging in the harbor basin. The agenda for the rest of the week is meeting with senior cruise executives, discussing the strategic agreements and making sure we look more at the quality of the tourism product,” Chief Executive Officer of the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies Mark Mingo stated in a release.
Pantophlet and Paige also discussed St. Maarten hosting the 2014 FCCA Conference. If discussions later this year lead to agreement it would mean that St. Maarten will host the major event for the second time. Curacao will be hosting the 2012 FCCA trade and cruise conference.
Richard van der Mark, Strategic Business Planning, Oneal Arrindell Jr., PR, Government & Harbour Relations are also in Miami as part of the minister’s delegation.

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