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Wanna B, skippered by local sailor Jan vanden Eynde won the St. Maarten/St. Martin Cup for Most Worthy Performance Overall of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, racing in Caribbean Sailing Association class 4.  Facing a fleet of 11 boats in seven races spread out over the three days.  Vanden Eynde and crew recorded three first-place finishes, one second, one third, one fourth and, as one race is tossed, the one fifth place did not count.  [ ... ]

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One Love Reggae Concert will 'Move and Groove' for Carnival

St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has put together a reggae line-up that it says will “groove and move you all in the right ways” for Carnival 2018.  This is the third consecutive year that SCDF has taken it upon itself to host the popular reggae concert for Carnival.  The line-up will feature love reggae crooners Sanchez, Etana and Christopher Martin, complemented by dancehall stars Aidonia Ishawna.  “We wanted to give [ ... ]

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St.Maarten Distilleries to Launch Locally-Produced Soualiga Rum

St. Maarten Distillers set out to add some diversification to the local economy when it commercially distilling and bottling its own line of locally made rums in the country under the brand – Soualiga Rum.  The company currently produces ten flavours of rums at its Simpson Bay distillery from scratch.  The flavours are Mango, Guava, White Rhum, Pineapple, Coconut Ginger, Vodka, Aged Rhum, Passion Fruit, Black Cake and Havana Mojito Blend.  [ ... ]

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Belair Beach Hotel Welcomes First Guests at Soft Opening

Belair Beach Hotel has reopened its doors to welcome its first guests since Hurricane Irma struck the island in September 2017.  The hotel had its soft opening last week.  This milestone in the hotel’s as well as St. Maarten recovery was celebrated with guests, staff and Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin.  Twenty four of the hotel’s 70 rooms were severely damaged by Irma.   Diligent work by the hotel management and staff right [ ... ]

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Based On discussions at the recently concluded Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Port of St. Maarten management discussed the industry outlook along with the forecast for St. Maarten specifically.  “Though in its infancy stage, the cruise industry will see approximately 27.2 million passengers cruise in 2018 globally.  Port of St. Maarten will play a pivotal role in the overall Eastern Caribbean offering great experiences [ ... ]

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Air France announces last week that it is resuming its non-stop flight schedule between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport SXM.  Two special non-stop flights for the Christmas holiday period will operate between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Airport SXM on December 23, 2017, and January 6, 2018 according to the airline press statement.    From January 13 to March 26, 2018, the end of 2017-2018 [ ... ]

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