SANTO DOMINGO, DR - The Dominican Republic will host the 28th Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, on October 11 in Santo Domingo. The conference will be attended by more than 60 cruise executives, including presidents and directors, top government leaders from more than 40 countries, as well as more than 500 representatives from various parts of the world.
“The government will give its full support to guarantee the success of the FCCA annual conference,” said President Abinader. “This event is key in positioning cruise tourism in the participating markets. We have a history of shared success with FCCA and I guarantee that together we will continue to progress and create more jobs."
The conference serves as an opportunity to develop mutual understanding and relationships to enhance the cruise tourism business among the participants. This year’s event will showcase the products and services the Dominican Republic offers to the cruise industry, which has grown significantly over the years.
The Dominican Republic welcomed 83,000 cruise passengers this May, arriving from 10 cruise lines, 19 cruise ships and 13 ferries. From July 2021 to May 2022, an accumulated 755,000 cruise passengers were registered, on over 50 cruise lines, with 460 operations.
"Cruise tourism has a direct impact on the country's economy, creating over 4,000 direct jobs, and 10,000 indirect jobs,” said Minister Collado. “The FCCA conference is a great way to continue to promote the Dominican Republic as a destination for cruise tourism.”
FCCA President Adam Ceserano highlighted the Dominican Republic’s success in tourism, including the cruise industry, and said it is the ideal destination to host the 28th Annual FCCA conference.