Micky Arison resumes role as FCCA chairman

Micky Arison resumes role as FCCA chairman
Micky Arison has returned to his role as chairman of the FCCA Executive Committee (Image: Carnival Corporation)

Carnival Corporation chairman Micky Arison became chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Executive Committee on 1 January 2019, returning to a role he has previously held for a total of 12 years.

One of the original members of the Executive Committee, Arison served as chairman for a decade and resumed the role again between 2015 and 2017. He will work with C-level executives from the FCCA Member Lines to decide the association’s overarching objectives and develop relationships with destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, Arison will participate in FCCA meetings and events.

“I am honoured to again take the helm as FCCA Chairman,” said Arison. “Over the years, I have watched the growth of not only the industry and association, but also the partners we serve. These partnerships and building a foundation for long-term mutual success in the Caribbean and Latin America are more important than ever, with the industry having matured and developed on a global and macroeconomic scale, so I could not be more excited and encouraged to help destinations and stakeholders maximise the potential win-win situations this dynamic industry offers.”

Arison replaced Adam Goldstein, who is also the vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as part of the FCCA’s standard two-year executive rotation strategy.

“I am honoured to have served as FCCA chairman and extremely proud of the cruise industry's efforts to strengthen relationships with destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Goldstein. “This outreach has become increasingly important with the region facing challenges and opportunities in toda’'s highly competitive and globalised environment, and I am confident that Mr Arison’s leadership will continue to steer the course for mutual success between cruise lines and destinations.”

The FCCA has also appointed a new chairman for its Operations Committee: Albino Supino Di Lorenzo, vice president of cruise operations for MSC Cruises USA. Di Lorenzo replaced outgoing chairman Carlos Torres de Navarra, who is also vice president of Global Port and Destination Development at Carnival Corporation. One of Di Lorenzo’s priorities in his new role will be to organise frequent meetings between FCCA’s member lines, destinations and other stakeholders.

“The term ‘partnership’ is the most appropriate badge of FCCA and represents all those who embrace and participate in the important work that the association does,” said Di Lorenzo. “The past has shown us that by working together we can do remarkable things. Even in the face of extreme adversities, such as last year's devastating hurricane events, cruise lines and destinations joined forces to help our regional partners endure. The FCCA played a pivotal role in engaging the industry to step up. As the new Operations Committee chairman, I am committed to doing my part, and I look forward to working with the entire industry and our partners to ensure we continue to work in partnership and challenge the status quo for the better.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, January 4, 2019