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Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s Cruise Manager, Gabriele Tixi, has reported a successful outcome from his participation in the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Summit (PAMAC), which took place on June 24th – 26th, 2015 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.                                                                                                

Tixi engaged in discussions with several cruise line officials and executives throughout the three day conference. “As the PAMAC Council event is only open to FCCA Platinum Members, I had the benefit of speaking with each executive in-depth,” expressed the TCB Cruise Manager. “I was also fortunate to spend additional time with them and conduct business throughout the week in less formal settings.”

Among the officials that met with Tixi were Federico Gonzales Denton, Associate VP of Government Affairs for the Caribbean and South America, (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines,) Beth Kelly Hatt, (Aquila Training,) Tom Anderson, Dir., Shore Operations, (Princess Cruises,) Christine Manjencic, VP of Destination Services, (Norwegian Cruise Line,) and Erika Tache, Dir., Product Development Tour Operations & Melinda Gyarmati, Product Manager, Tour Operations, (Carnival Cruise Line.)

After attending the conference, Tixi inferred that the general consensus was an overall appreciation of the island’s investment in its cruise product as the results were evident during the previous cruise season. Members of the FCCA and CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) member cruise lines were optimistic about the upcoming season and are expecting considerable, and continued growth for the industry.

The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 19 member cruise lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA seeks to build cooperative relationships with its partner destinations and to develop productive bilateral partnerships with every sector. The FCCA works with governments, ports and all private/public sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, cruise line and cruise line employee spending, as well as enhancing the destination experience and the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.