MIAMI. As part of the activities undertaken to strengthen the cruise sector towards Mexico and in particular towards Cozumel and Mahahual, the governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquín held a working meeting with representatives of The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA its acronym in English), under the leadership of its president Michele Paige.

The meeting in Miami, Florida, was on monitoring agreements between the major cruise companies arriving in the Mexican Caribbean that in 2018 reported more than 6.3 million cruise passengers, representing an increase of 6.11% over the same period of 2017.

Most cruise activity was recorded on the island of Cozumel, where more than 5 million 019 thousand visitors and crew were reported, while in Mahahual one million 355 thousand visitors and crew members were recorded, according to the annual report issued by the Migration Policy unit of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB).

During the meeting held on Monday, the director of the Administración Portuaria Integral (APIQROO), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, presented the status in safety and adequacy of facilities according to the conclusions, quality in service of tourist transport and agreements held in previous meetings.

For its part, the head of the Ministry of Tourism (SEDETUR) Marisol Vanegas Pérez, proposed to hold the next meeting in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, where would bring together all stakeholders involved in the issue of tourist transport, to announce the start of the first stage of certification Distinctive T, consisting of training of one thousand drivers and carriers of different types of tourist services in the island.

The Ministry of Tourism also presented the Tourism Social Responsibility program  and “paint your town” Program to arrange a donation of 5,000 liters of paint to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres and the beginning of a program in conjunction with the Tourism Board Quintana Roo (CPTM) that allows a promotion strategy conducive to impulse the return of cruise tourists as a destination for overnight in Cozumel.

The meeting was attended by the governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquin; Marisol Vanegas Perez Secretary of Tourism; Alicia Ricalde Magaña, General Director of Administración Portuaria Integra de Quintana Roo; Pedro Joaquin Delbouis, mayor of Cozumel and Ruben Olmos, advisor on International Affairs of the government of Quintana Roo.

By the FCCA Michele M. Paige, President Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA); Adam Ceserano ,Vice President Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA); Carlos Estrada, director of Commercial Port Operations for Carnival Cruise Line; Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc chairman; Richard Sasso, president of MSC Cruises (USA); Albino Di Lorenzo, VP Operations MSC Cruises (USA); Howard Sherman, executive vice president of Revenue Management Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Sandra Weir, vice president of Development and Government Relations Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Steve Moeller, Senior Vice President of Business Development Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Michael Bayley, President and CEO Royal Caribbean International; Russell Benford, Vice president of Government Relations, Americas Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and André Pousada, General Director Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

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