SINT MAARTEN/Miramar, FLORIDA - The FCCA has taken note of the ongoing debate regarding cruise figures for the St. Maarten 2020 cruise season.
"The FCCA cannot provide accurate figures due to the cyclical nature of itinerary planning. Based on figures provided by the reporter showing a decline, the figures indicate St. Maarten returning to its previous high averages - which could be expected after St. Maarten experienced an artificial gain from BVI's impact and slower recovery after the 2017 hurricane season - and that any potential decline would be due to trends like that along with normal itinerary planning cycles, and not from any poor direction or decisions by anyone in the destination.
"Destination St. Maarten and Port St. Maarten in particular have been proactively working with the FCCA and the industry, and from our partnership over the years, everything is being done correctly, not just listening to the industry's input, but also enacting numerous strategies to constantly improve," President of the FCCA Michele Paige said on Tuesday.
The minister responsible for tourism, Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Hon. Stuart Johnson, will be organizing a press conference within short to address a number of cruise tourism industry related matters, and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has been invited as a guest to provide information about cruise trends and developments.
ABOUT THE FCCA:
The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 21 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds 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 maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.