More than 100 platinum members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and 20 senior-level cruise executives attended the three-day conference.
One and one meetings and functions designed to foster Platinum Members’ development of working relationships, exchange of ideas and promotion of products and destinations to cruise executives were held. The cruise executives are the ones who decide where ships call, what sells on-board and how to invest in infrastructure.
In attendance from St. Lucia were Cox and Company Limited’s Directors, Catherine Cooper and Siobhan Beaubrun.
Discussions were held with Carlos Torres de Navarra, Vice President, Commercial Port Operations Carnival Cruise Lines. During discussions about Cruise Tourism in St. Lucia where a Carnival Cruise Line vessel calls year round, Mr Torres de Navarra indicated that Carnival Cruise Lines is very committed to the sustainability of the Tourism Sector in St. Lucia.
He advised that Carnival Cruise Lines bring thousands of tourists to St. Lucia including many repeat visitors who would like to engage in different activities and tours on the island the second or third time round.
To this end, the cruise line is open to discussing ideas for product that can improve upon the guest experience: shore excursion related or otherwise.
He said that this will be good for St. Lucia as well as for Carnival Cruise Lines and its guests.