Cayman delegation set for FCCA

A delegation from the Cayman Islands is heading to the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s 16th annual conference and trade show which takes place from this Monday 26 to Friday 30 October.

According to information from the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister responsible for tourism McKeeva Bush will not be attending the conference but instead he will be represented by MLA Cline Glidden.

Attendees will also include Chief Officer with the Ministry of Tourism Carson Ebanks, Deputy Director Finance with the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands James Parsons, and Chairman of the Port Authority Stefan Baraud.

Questions asked on what it was hoped the delegation would achieve from the conference were not answered by the Ministry of Tourism by press time.

The conference, which takes place this year in St. Lucia and took place in Grand Cayman in 2006, is a huge industry event attended by nearly 1,000 cruise industry partners, including around 100 cruise executives each year.

It is a forum in which cruise executives, destinations, suppliers and tour operators meet with each other, analyse trends and discuss current issues.

President of the FCCA Michele Paige said, ‘The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’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.

‘In 2009, the conference’s business sessions, social functions and trade show will again provide a superb forum to cruise industry partners for the exchange of information, sharing of ideas and cultivation of valuable business relationships.’