Santo Domingo to host FCCA in 2010: Dominican Republic looking to anchor Cruise Hub Status quickly

Santo Domingo is becoming a big cruise ship capital in the Caribbean, with the improvements and expansions of the Port of Santo Domingo. The other important ports are the La Romana Casa de Campo Port and the offshore port in Samana Bay.

For the event, more than 1,000 cruise industry partners will come together with 100 cruise executives from the FCCA member lines to share ideas and discuss industry trends.

Round-table discussions will be held in the areas of marketing, shore excursions, and operations. The format of the meetings allow for pre-set meetings with select cruise executives on a one-to-one basis for pre-registered delegates. The event is an opportunity to meet with key players, analyze industry trends, and discuss current issues.

The FCCA is a trade association composed of 11 member lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International.

It was created in 1972 by the member lines operating more than 100 vessels in Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexican waters in order to discuss and exchange views on issues relating to: legislation, tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise-industry issues.

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