Published on : Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The FCCA is proud to announce the appointment of the new FCCA Operations Committee Chairman, Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president of strategic and commercial port development, Carnival Cruise Line, effective January 1, 2017.
“I am excited to assume the role of chairman of the FCCA Operations Committee and continue to build upon the successes the group has already achieved,” said Torres de Navarra. “We will be focused on strengthening our relationships with destinations, ports and our FCCA members, along with representing the industry to achieve mutual success. Additional focus will be placed on continuing to develop and enhance the guest experience at the destinations and to further expand opportunities for all our partners.”
“I am honored to pass the torch to Carlos,” said Russell Daya, executive director, marine & port operations, port developments & itinerary planning, Disney Cruise Line, and past chairman. “Serving as chairman the last two years has awarded me numerous opportunities to collaborate with the Committee and FCCA partners to improve the synergy between the industry and the cruise tourism stakeholders.
It has opened up new doors and further solidified the Association’s importance of being the bridge between the destinations and the industry. We have managed to further strengthen our existing and develop new relationships within the countries and destinations at a personal level, which makes the difference when addressing issues throughout the region. Carlos’ long-standing dedication and input into the Committee will help him effectively lead the committee over the next two years, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the Committee to fulfill our goals.”
Torres de Navarra has shown his unwavering dedication to the Committee and FCCA’s Platinum Members and partner destinations through over a decade of providing invaluable interaction, participation, information and assistance at FCCA meetings and events.
These efforts exhibit his commitment to the Committee’s functions: discussing cruise industry topics, such as tourism development, ports, safety and security; fostering an understanding of the industry and its practices; building bilateral relationships with FCCA’s partner destinations’ private and public sectors; fostering increased revenue opportunities for ports and destinations; and enhancing the destination experience and amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.