SINT MAARTEN (PORT ST. MAARTEN) – Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will be the venue of the 2019 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council (PAMAC) meeting that will take place from June 12-15. The 2018 PAMAC was held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication (TEATT), the Honourable Stuart Johnson said Thursday that he is “very proud of the St. Maarten resilience.” Hosting the PAMAC conference on the island solidifies the destination’s continued role as a leader in the tourism industry. Johnson said hosting the meeting in St. Maarten also provides additional tourism receipts to the island.
“Taxi Drivers, restauranteurs, vendors at the market place, entertainers and others will potentially benefit from having these platinum cruise members come to the island. The destination also benefits as they will leave with a positive impression of our recovery efforts and spread the word even further that we are ready for business,” said Johnson.
The PAMAC conferences give FCCA Executives and destination leaders the opportunity to dialogue directly with each other. While traditional conventions are “fast-paced”, the Platinum events create an atmosphere for closer networking and give the Cruise executives the opportunity to explore the new offerings from the host destinations.
Minister Johnson said, “This unique opportunity to showcase SXM rebuilding progress along with the new tours/ shops /restaurants and attractions is one that has to be done to give the cruise executives the real-life Friendly Island experience as we continue to push our overall tourism product to regain and develop the cruise industry to maintain our completive edge.”
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa was selected as the official conference hotel due to the amenities and facilities that the property has to offer.
PAMAC brings together Platinum Members of the FCCA who meet with high-ranking FCCA Member Line cruise executives and top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) as part of a relationship and business building process.
The PAMAC 2019 Conference is expected to attract 150-200 delegates, all platinum members, and 10-15 cruise executives and top Chief Executive Officers.
PAMAC 2019 is an opportunity for all stakeholders to showcase the recovery efforts thus far since September 2017, and to give a taste of what cruise guests enjoy while making memorable experiences on the island.
Port St. Maarten will be organising many meetings, tours and night events catering to the delegates who will be attending the conference. At the same time, Port St. Maarten will also be celebrating 55-years Cruise in 2019.
Port St. Maarten will be working closely with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and other key industry stakeholders and partners to make the conference a success and a memorable experience for attendees.
The PAMAC event is one of many that the FCCA coordinates for its Platinum Members and Member Lines to stay at the forefront of information about both the industry and destinations while finding ways to maximise the benefits for all.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organisation composed of 19 Member Lines operating over 100 vessels in Floridian, the Caribbean and Latin American waters.
Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximise cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the number of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.