The Caribbean Aviation Meetup began on June 12th 2017 at the Sonesta Maho Convention Room. According to the organizers, the conference may be called the most significant and largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean. The numbers speak for themselves: 30 highly qualified professionals making 30 presentations spread over three days. Conference participants are from 28 countries and territories. Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher official welcomed all delegations to the island and congratulated Carib-Aviation Chairman Bud Slabbaert and his team for organizing this very important and dynamic conference.
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Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher praised part one of the BBC Travel Show feature on St. Maarten over the weekend as ‘marketing and promotion you cannot buy” and a “terrific marketing opportunity for the island. She urged the public to check out the episode via BBC or when the link to the episode is placed on www.vacationstmaarten.com. The BBC Travel Show is Europe’s most-watched travel show, seen by potentially 250 million people around the globe. The 30-minute episode about SXMusic Festival will be broadcast within the next 3-4 weeks to a major portion of the 265 million direct subscribers of the BBC channels that broadcast the show, plus many other affiliates around the world and potentially millions of viewers more across YouTube and social media.
Carnival Queen Shanice Powell was surprised by Posh Productions when she was informed that she was representing St. Maarten as a Brand Ambassador and attend the upcoming Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference in Mexico, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) state of the industry conference in Grenada and world routes show in Barcelona later this year.
St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) head Rolando Brison congratulated the queen on her win and said she would be a great Brand Ambassador. “The Ministry of tourism is happy to support Posh with this and the Minister believes in having representation abroad from people who know about the island and Miss St. Maarten is the best person who can talk to the outside world about our great island,” said Brison.
A 4.6 per cent growth in cruise passenger arrivals to the country has been reported by port of St. Maarten for January through April. This translated into a total of 833,755 passengers via 324 ship calls. The destination received 796,957 cruise passengers in the same period in 2016. That year ended with the destination receiving close to 1.7 million cruise passengers via 602 ship calls. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recently released its first Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook of 2017 that revealed traveller insights, outlooks and attitudes regarding cruising and land-based travel. Cruise travel is becoming more popular and awareness more favourable among all types of travellers. Of those asked, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) said their overall awareness of cruise vacations has improved within the last two years.
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Three persons received royal decorations for their longstanding and continued involvement in the development of the community through training, youth and sports development and medical, emergency care and response. Pinned by Governor Eugene Holiday on the occasion of the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander were Elmora Pantophlet- Aventurin, Theo Liu and Joana Rijnboutt. All three were decorated as member in the Order of Oranje Nassau at a ceremony held in The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa last week. “A review of the contributions of these three persons to the St. Maarten community reveals a common thread of reaching out to foster healthy bodies and minds,” the Governor said. “... They have influenced and as such helped to positively shape the lives of many in our country over a prolonged number of years.
Holland House Beach Hotel has been awarded the eco-label Green Key for the first time joining third-time awarded Princess Height Boutique Hotel. This milestone will be marked at a ceremony on June 1, at Holland House, hosted by Environmental Protection in the Caribbean foundation and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association. The Green key is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable practice within the tourism industry. A green key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay in a Green Key establishment, they are contributing to making a difference on an environmental level.
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