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Nov 20

BONAIRE’S CRUISE TOURISM CONTINUES TO SAIL SUCCESSFULLY

Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s (TCB) Cruise Tourism Manager, Gabriele Tixi, has reported a successful outcome from Bonaire’s participation in the 22nd Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show, held from October 5–9, 2015 in Cozumel, Mexico.

The Bonaire delegation was comprised by TCB Cruise Manager Gabriele Tixi. Tixi reports that the event was well attended with over 1,000 people present, including a large showing of Cruise Executives. Despite the global growth, the Caribbean continues to headline the Cruise Industry’s success as it again ranks as the dominant cruise destination, accounting for more than a third (35.5%) of the global deployment capacity market share. It is expected to further expand with a forecast of approximately 23 million passengers sailing the oceans, which is a 4% increase over 2014. This expansion is driven by 22 new vessels, representing 20,000 new beds, and an investment of over $4 billion slated for the year 2015.

“I am pleased that Bonaire is a favored port of call by the cruise industry and is continuing to perform well; we are looking forward to an increase in calls for 2017 and beyond,” said Gabriele Tixi, Cruise Tourism Manager (TCB). He continued, “The plan is to continue to look for opportunities to further increase the variety of tours available to cruise passengers, focusing more on smaller, more intimate cultural and culinary on island experiences.”