DR to host cruise industry conference in October

The Dominican Republic will host, from October 11 to 14, 2022, the 28th conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), Dominican President Luis Abinader announced Wednesday.

At a press conference with the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, and the president of the FCCA, Adam Ceserano, details were given about the next edition of the largest cruise conference and trade fair in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, to be held in Santo Domingo.

More than 60 cruise executives and government leaders from more than 40 countries, as well as some 500 industry representatives from around the world, are expected to attend the event, which recently brought together 300 members of the cruise industry in Puerto Rico for its annual meeting.

The planned agenda includes meetings, workshops and networking activities with some 100 cruise executives and will provide opportunities for the Dominican Republic to showcase the products and services it offers to this industry, which is targeting further growth.

Cruise tourism generates more than 4,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs and more than US$135 million annually in the Dominican Republic, said Minister Collado.

During May 2022, 82,199 cruise passengers arrived in the Dominican Republic on 10 cruise lines with 32 operations, while from July 2021 to May 2022, an accumulated 754,760 cruise passengers were registered, on 51 cruise lines, with 458 operations.

The Dominican Republic already hosted the FCCA’s annual conference in 2010, a summit designed to help attendees enhance business development with cruise lines.

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a non-profit trade organization comprised of 23 member cruise lines that operate nearly 200 vessels in Florida, Caribbean and Latin American waters.

Its objective is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, security and other cruise industry issues, as well as to build cooperative relationships with its member destinations and develop productive bilateral partnerships with all sectors.

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