The Ministry of Tourism and Transport and CIDOT concluded hosting the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) PAMAC conference from 20 -22 June. As a part of the itinerary, The Port Authority hosted a tour of the Port Facilities on Wednesday 21st June. The FCCA conference is designed to foster a better understanding of the inner workings of the cruise industry and helps attendees improve their cruise tourism business. Through a specialized forum that blends meetings and workshops with social functions, attendees have an unique opportunity to develop relationships with, promote products to, and learn from approximately 100 executives from FCCA Member lines who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard and hot to invest in destinations and infrastructure.
By hosting the event, the Cayman Islands will showcase local sites, facilities, food, products and more – including its airfare and hotel options – to the influential audience. Additionally, the Cayman Islands can coordinate specialized meetings with the attending executives for government leaders, tour operators, suppliers and entities that foster hiring to help fulfill the destination’s goals established in its strategic partnership with FCCA, including assisting the private sector, improving employment, fostering cruise lines’ purchase of local goods and more that will help Caymanians prosper from cruise tourism.
“The PAMAC conference has never been held in the Cayman Islands before and will allow us to demonstrate that our Islands are open for business,” stated Hon. Kenneth Bryan, Minister for Tourism and Transport. “As well as providing the chance to network with decision-makers and showcase the unique aspects of our cruise tourism product, the conference will also serve as a vehicle for growing and solidifying new business. I look forward to welcoming the FCCA and Cruise Executives to our Islands, and I am particularly interested in working in collaboration to rebuild our Islands prominence as a leading cruise tourism destination,” he said.