Cruise Lines International Association to Launch Agent-Focused Event in Puerto Rico

The inaugural Travel Agent Destination Summit will take place Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2016 By: Valerie Chen
Puerto Rico will host a new cruise summit from CLIA. // © 2016 iStock
Puerto Rico will host a new cruise summit from CLIA. // © 2016 iStock

The Details

Cruise Lines International Association

In partnership with Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will launch its first-ever Travel Agent Destination Summit in Puerto Rico this fall. 

Why It Matters:
Beginning Sept. 29, the four-day inaugural event is expected to greatly benefit those who attend. Travel agents, suppliers and other key players in the cruise industry can take advantage of ample networking opportunities, as well as participate in professional development programs — including CLIA’s new Specialty Cruise Certificate that focuses on luxury, yacht, river and expedition cruising — and a ship inspection of Carnival Fascination. Attendees also receive access to the FCCA Cruise Conference’s trade show floor. But it’s not all work and no play: Local tours of Puerto Rico will be available for attendees, as well.

Fast Facts:
- An additional available certificate program will be the Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate.

- The Governor’s Office of Puerto Rico will be hosting a special luncheon.

- The event’s reception will be jointly held with the FCCA.

What They Are Saying:
"This event offers our members a brand-new platform to network and connect with destination experts," said Cindy D'Aoust, president and CEO of 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 of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. “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.”