CLIA Announces Inaugural Travel Agent Destination Summit in Puerto Rico

Aug 16, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, in partnership with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the preeminent force in representing the mutual interests of cruise lines and Caribbean and Latin American destinations, has launched the first-ever Travel Agent Destination Summit, taking place in Puerto Rico, September 29 – October 2, 2016.

The event features CLIA's highly regarded professional development program, as well as opportunities to explore the beautiful destination of Puerto Rico. The Travel Agent Destination Summit features:

  • Two Certificate Programs:  Earn a Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate, as well as be among the first to earn CLIA’s new Specialty Cruise Certificate, focused on River, Luxury, Yachts, and Expedition cruising.
  • Explore Puerto Rico:  Enjoy local tours, as well as a special luncheon hosted by the Governor’s Office.
  • Networking: Network with travel agents and others in the cruise industry, including a joint reception with FCCA and roundtable discussions.
  • Ship Inspection: Attend a live ship inspection of Carnival Fascination.

"This event offers our Members a brand new platform to network and connect with destination experts," said Cindy D'Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. "With the option to gain two new certificates and access to the FCCA Trade Show floor, this event truly is a unique training opportunity for our Members looking for advancing to the next step in their career."

“We are proud to partner with CLIA on this important initiative during our keynote event, the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “Travel agents have long been a driving force of the cruise industry, and we could not be more pleased to offer them opportunities to boost business with the event’s 100 cruise executives and 1,000 tourism stakeholders.”

All attendees receive special access to the trade show floor of the FCCA Cruise Conference on Thursday, September 29. The event is $149 for CLIA members and $249 non-members.

To learn more and register for this event, please visit

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that 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. For more information, visit, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

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