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Oct 22

Bonaire goes “Platinum”at FCCA

IMG-20131008-WA0010A delegation from Bonaire led by Mr. Ethsel Pieternella, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, is reporting successful results from its participation in the 20th Annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show. This year the FCCA conference took place between September 30th and October 4th, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia. The successful attendance also included the announcement of the new Platinum Membership status for Bonaire within the organization.

For the current 2013- 2014 peak winter cruise season, Bonaire is projecting approximately 170,000 passenger arrivals, which is an increase of 20,000 passengers compared to the previous high season. We anticipate 200,000 – 250,000 total passenger arrivals for the 2015 – 2016 seasons. Additionally Bonaire is contemplating arrival of approximately 30,000 extra passengers in the low season of 2015. The low season starts in May ends in October. This will be a first for Bonaire.

“This year’s show has afforded us tremendous opportunities, from meeting with top executives of various cruise lines to attending networking functions. We were able to promote Bonaire as a viable and enticing cruise tourism destination,” commented Mr. Pieternella. “Extra one-on-one meetings and exclusive access that are benefits of our new Platinum status provided us with additional platforms for discussing the island’s cruise sector and our commitment to its further growth and development.”  Appointments were secured with RCCL and Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, TUI Cruises, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

With two cruise ship piers, Bonaire has the capacity to berth two large ships simultaneously. The island’s new FCCA Platinum benefits extend beyond just trade shows. They include conferences providing Bonaire with speaking engagements, access to research and statistical studies, various discounts, featured listings in various FCCA publications and more. All of which can be used to raise its profile among key cruise industry leaders.