On Wednesday morning, the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, officially kicked off the 28th edition of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference, which is being held for the second time on Dominican soil.
The event, which will be held from October 11 to 14 at the Jaragua Hotel, will be attended by 500 representatives from 40 countries, 14 shipping companies from the 23 members of the FCCA, and more than 60 cruise executives, including presidents, CEOs and platinum members.
The Dominican head of state expressed his gratitude for the interest shown by all the representatives of the countries that make up the Caribbean in joining forces.
“As president of the Republic, I want to thank you all for your interest and efforts to strengthen our ties, continue working together and complete this successful journey,” said Abinader.
“Our country is today a leader in economic growth in the region, we have the highest levels of foreign investment in our history, month after month we break visitor records. We enjoy a climate of institutional, economic and social stability that few countries can exhibit in the region at this time,” he said.
He added: “Here you will find the best destinations and also the best business opportunities.
He pointed out that the Caribbean Cruise Association is a leading non-profit trade organization comprised of 22 affiliated cruise companies, which operate more than 100 ships, making it “a sign of excellence with a flawless roadmap in favor of tourism”.
Likewise, David Collado highlighted the importance of this “Cruise Summit” for the strengthening of this tourism segment in the country, which has been registering a sustained growth.
“This meeting of the FCCA in our country will surely mark a before and after in the arrival of the cruise industry in the Dominican Republic, especially with the arrival of more tourists by sea,” said Minister Collado.
He affirmed that more and more cruise passengers continue to arrive in the Dominican Republic and pointed out the economic impact of their presence in the different destinations.
Abinader assured them that no one will regret coming to the Dominican Republic. He said that the country is in fashion and “we have returned to conquer the world from our coasts and ports.”
“I always say it, and time and work will prove me right; the best is yet to come, and we will do it with all of you as allies,” concluded President Abinader.
The event was attended by the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza; the general director of the Dominican Port Authority, Jean Luis Rodríguez; the general administrator of Banco de Reservas, Samuel Pereyra and the director of Politur, Brigadier General Minoru Matsunaga.
Likewise, the president of FCCA, Adam Cecerano; the ministers of Tourism of Honduras, Yadira Gómez; of Saint Lucia, Ernest Hilaire; of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Carlos James; of Saint Martin, Omar Ottley; of Saint Kitts, Marsha Henderson; of Barbados, Lisa Cummings; of the Cayman Islands, Kenneth Bryan and of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett.
Also, the Minister of Economic Development, Ruisandro Cijntje; the Governor of Sinaloa, Mexico, Rubén Rocha; the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Mexico, Rosario Torres; the Parliamentary Secretary of the Bahamas, John Pinder II; the President of the Executive Port Commission of El Salvador, Federico Anliker López; the Commissioner of Tourism of the Virgin Islands, Joseph Boschulte; and the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Carlos Mercado.
In addition, executives of the tourist ports Romana Port, Sans Souci, Amber Cove, Taíno Bay, among others.
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