Countdown on for annual FCCA cruise gathering

St Lucia is getting ready to host hundreds of delegates for the 16th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Cruise Convention and Trade Show this 26 to 30 October, 2009.

Cruise Association officials said preparations were in full swing for the premier industry event of the year, at which cruise executives, destinations, suppliers and tour operators meet with key players in the industry to analyze trends in it and discuss current issues.

The association’s President Michele Paige said her organization’s mandate is to ‘foster a better understanding of the cruise industry and to develop co-operative relationships with our destination partners at both the public and private sector levels, in order to create a win-win situation for all.’

‘We look forward to deepening our relationship with the FCCA and the cruise sector and building on the phenomenal growth we’ve experienced in this sector over the past few years,” said Senator Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. He added that St Lucia also anticipates showcasing the island’s solid infrastructure, new and improved attractions and restaurants as well as top quality accommodations during the conference.

The conference’s business sessions, social functions and trade show will again provide a forum for cruise industry partners to network, exchange information, share ideas and cultivate valuable business relationships. Ms Paige explained that the trade show allows industry stakeholders to stay in the forefront during tough economic times, by showcasing destinations and products to member lines’ cruise executives representing destinations spanning the globe from Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

‘Those that aggressively remain in the forefront of the marketplace are those best positioned to prosper as the economy recovers,’ said Ms Paige who expects the St. Lucia trade show exhibit to be one of the most successful to date.

For information aboutand securing trade show booth space, visit www.f-cca.com

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