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After 22 years of writing and reporting about businesses on StMaarten/StMartin, their wonderful people, advertising their products, events, activities, and satisfying the needs and wants of tourists from all over the globe, I am retiring. As I approach my 75th birthday, it’s time for a younger team to run this business. Here are several featured highlights:

  • is the oldest dedicated StMaarten/StMartin website created in April 1995 with the designator .org when only three existed - .com, .net and .org.
  • Visitors to have included several million tourists from 205 countries including all the Canadian Provinces, and 49 US States. Annually, hundreds of thousands of Travellers visit And since each visitor has a spouse, partner or travel friend, it doubles travellers to our site.
  • Since 1995, our 204 page guide book, The Value Guide of St. Maarten/St. Martin has provided an imaginative and visual glimpse of this wonderful exciting island to tourists from countries around the world. This savvy travelers’ guide overflows with information on hotels, restaurants, duty-free shops, water sports, car rentals, scuba diving, and other activities.
  • In addition, our bimonthly newsletter The StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletter which was created in May 1997 has been read by thousands of subscribers.
  • Our Facebook Page, The Best of StMaarten/StMartin, which was created in August 2016, has more than 15,000 Likes/Followers. In addition, our Facebook Page is growing by more than 1,769 new Likes/Followers each month.
  • Our Gift Certificates Guide, Restaurant Guide and Hotel Guide represents hundreds of dollars of potential savings offered by participating St. Maarten/St. Martin businesses as an introduction for travelers to patronize their establishments.
  • Of the millions of Search Engine Listings on the Worldwide Internet, when tourists search for “st. maarten” on any of the World’s Top Search Engines, is usually listed in the third to ninth position on their first page.
  • Sam Fusco, Owner and Managing Director of, is the winner of the 2006/2007 St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association’s Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism and a former Board Member of the St. Maarten/St. Martin American Marketing Association.
  • provides island businesses with visibility to six of the World’s Seven Continents namely Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America & South America.
We are currently entertaining offers of $25,000 and above. Please email Sam Fusco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 1.973.835.0600 for additional information.
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St.Maarten/St.Martin Number 2 in the Caribbean

tripadvisorTripAdvisor announced this week that St. Maarten/St. Martin has achieved the number two position as a Caribbean destination, and 19th spot worldwide. The sharp increase was the result of a shared St. Maarten Tourist Bureau & St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) campaign that started in 2016.

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice (TC) Awards are based on millions of personal reviews from the world’s most popular travel community. The awards recognize exceptional properties and destinations. Winning the award is achieved by a combination of popularity, comments by visitors and overall ranking on TripAdvisor.


St. Maarten News Highlights courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Guest Welcomes at Flight Carnival Party

Visitors arriving on the island last week were given a taste of Carnival fever thanks to the Flight Carnival Take Off party at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM.  This is the third year the airport has hosted this event as part of its Carnival affiliation & corporate social responsibility efforts. The event was hosted by airport employees Fay George & Connally Connor and organised by the Customer Service, Quality Assurance, Marketing and Customer Service departments.

Seven Soca Rumble artistes performed during the event & Airport SXM’s Operations Supervisor Z’haria Richardson also performed during the fun day. Visitors to the island took pictures and were amazed by the Carnival costumes worn by the promo ladies.

Rio Productions Lights Up Streets with Parade


The streets of Philipsburg were lit up on Saturday night April 1st 2017, by revellers in the annual Rio Production’s “Glow with the Flow” Lighted Parade. The parade put on display not only the energetic and at time, downright hilarious dance moves of revellers, but their creativity as well. Some opted to trans-form their blue T-shirts into unique fashion statements and others coupled theirs with costumes ranging from feathered Carnival headdresses to wacky wigs and makeup.

The long parade of several hundred revellers interspersed with music trucks wound its way from the Ring Road across from L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium, head down Front Street on its way back to W.J.A. Nisbeth Road to end at the start point.

St. Maarten News Highlights courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Rumer Makes History Winning Road March 3rd Year in a Row


Rumari “King Rumer” Rogers made history last week by becoming the first singer in the history of St. Maarten Carnival to have won the Senior Road March Competition for three consecutive years. Rogers performed his hit single “G-String” in front of a huge crowd on Walter J. Nisbeth Road (Pondfill) against contenders who had their eyes set on the crown.

Uncle Brasi of TG Band came in second with 239 points while Boogie G Suave of Xplosion Band came in third.  Newcomer Major Dice impressed the audience with his creative style of performing during his time on stage. He made a vehicle from wood, jumped on it  and was carried throughout the crowd singing his song.

King Rumer was crowned by St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President Alston Lourens and member Edwardo Radjouki.

St. Maarten News Highlights courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Hotel Occupancy at 85% through April


Hotel occupancy from now through the end of April averages at 85 per cent with last- minute bookings expected to push the percentage even higher, according to a press statement from Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher. 

St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) presented a report on occupancy to the Minister’s Cabinet, compiled from 45 large and small hotels. Of the 45 properties queried, 16 reported 100 per cent occupancy, as they were completely booked through the end of April.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino reported occupancy of over 90 per cent, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino over 80 per cent, and Divi Little Bay Beach Resort approaching 90 per cent. Holland House Beach Resort is completely booked, as is Baker’s Suites.

St. Maarten News Highlights courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Results of recycling competition at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club

recyclingcompetitionOn the Friday and Saturday of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta  (March 2 - March 5) there was a recycling competition at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The competition was organized by the Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC). In order to win the competition, one had to recycle three different kinds of “trash” while wearing flippers and goggles. The sailors were very competitive and it was great to see the green team, consisting of MPC students, working together with EPIC. John Blair won the competition, recycling all the trash in only 28.54 seconds, who will win a weekend trip to Saba!