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KINGSTON, Jamaica; October 23, 2017: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett leaves the island today (October 23, 2017) to participate in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show being hosted in Merida, Mexico.
“Jamaica has one of the most dynamic and successful cruise industries in our region but the possibilities for growth in the sector are endless. I am therefore very eager to participate in the FCCA’s conference, as I know it will be tremendously beneficial to the country. It will allow us to strengthen our bonds with cruise-lines and develop new relationships with potential partners. We will also have a booth at the tradeshow, displaying the best of our tourism product” said Minister Bartlett.
The Minister will also participate in a private meeting between Ministers of Tourism, Presidents and CEOs of Member Cruise-lines of the association, on October 25. The topics of discussion should include: strategies to drive year-round traffic in the region; creation of more employment opportunities; and the development of strategic partnerships.
The FCCA Cruise Conference and Tradeshow is a specialized forum that seeks to foster a better understanding of the inner workings of the cruise industry and helps attendees improve their cruise tourism business. Approximately 100 executives from the FCCA’s 19 Member cruse-lines who decide where ships call; what is sold and used onboard; and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure are expected to attend.
During his visit to Mexico, the Minister will be accompanied by the newly-appointed Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations Ltd, Joy Roberts. The pair is expected to return to the island on October 26, 2017.