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Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s (TCB) Cruise Tourism Manager, Gabriele Tixi, has reported a successful outcome from Bonaire’s participation in the 22nd Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show, held from October 5-9, 2015 in Cozumel, Mexico.

The Bonaire delegation was comprised by TCB Cruise Manager Gabriele Tixi. Tixi reports that the event was well attended with over 1,000 people present, including a large showing of Cruise Executives. Despite the global growth, the Caribbean continues to headline the Cruise Industry’s success as it again ranks as the dominant cruise destination, accounting for more than a third (35.5%) of the global deployment capacity market share. It is expected to further expand with a forecast of approximately 23 million passengers sailing the oceans, which is a 4% increase over 2014. This expansion is driven by 22 new vessels, representing 20,000 new beds, and an investment of over $4 billion slated for the year 2015. 

“I am pleased that Bonaire is a favored port of call by the cruise industry and is continuing to perform well; we are looking forward to an increase in calls for 2017 and beyond,” said Gabriele Tixi, Cruise Tourism Manager (TCB). He continued, “The plan is to continue to look for opportunities to further increase the variety of tours available to cruise passengers, focusing more on smaller, more intimate cultural and culinary on island experiences.”

The conference offered a multitude of opportunities to interact with over 100 FCCA Member Cruise Line Executives during the numerous one-on-one meetings. Among the officials that spoke with Tixi were Megan Shaw, Account Manager, Global Tour operations (RCI Cruise & Resort Vacations, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises), Erika Tache, Director Product Development, Tour Operations (Carnival Cruise Lines), Hein Erasmus, Manager Groups, Charters & Product Support Tour Operations( Carnival Cruise Lines), Nancy Rauter, Manager Tour Operation (TUI Cruises), Chris Martin and Mary-Ann Isinger, Manager of Port Operations (Holland America Line, Princess Cruises), Richard Pruitt, Vice President Safety, Environment & Health (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) He also met with Jennifer Marmanillo, Manager Itinerary Planning (NCL and Prestige Cruises), with whom he discussed NCL’s first call to Bonaire which was November 5, 2015.

About Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)

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.

For more information contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire at 717-8322 or via email