PORT–Port St. Maarten representatives leave the country today, Friday, to attend the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Cruise Summit (PAMAC) on board Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship Independence of the Seas. The summit is from January 13 to 18,
Port Supervisory Board of Directors Chairman Fernando William, Business Development Officer Alexander Gumbs and Lela Simmonds of Cruise Business Unit form the delegation. Gumbs will present information about the recovery at Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facility and cruise passenger experience to date.
More than 100 attendees including FCCA Platinum Members key cruise tourism stakeholders and over 30 high-ranking executives from the FCCA’s 19 Member Lines will be attending the FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit.
Port St. Maarten’s delegation is looking forward to discussing long term economic stability in a post-Irma/Maria era and the destination being able to deliver every year a premium product for cruise passengers and crew.
Port Management is well aware of regional competition and will continue to rebuild which can only be achieved by being innovative and reinventing the cruise sector in collaboration with all stakeholders.
Primary points of discussion will be getting feedback from the last cruise ship calls to the destination; destination improvements/renewal; and itinerary planning and forecasting for the 2018-2019 cruise season.
The five-day event will feature a series of meetings, workshops and networking events connecting with senior cruise industry leaders to discuss industry trends and standards and develop relationships and mutual benefits for the cruise lines and members’ companies and destinations.
The platinum members will also be touring a number of places during their cruise calls to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
The PAMAC event is one of many that the FCCA coordinates for its Platinum Members and Member Lines to stay at the forefront of information about both the industry and destinations while finding ways to maximize the benefits for all.
Port St. Maarten, in January 2017, received the Distinguished Strategic Partner Marketing Award 2016 from the FCCA and Cruise Line Executives at a similar summit.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72662-port-to-update-fcca-pamac-cruise-summit