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St.Maarten in Talks to Host International Film Festival

stmaarten film festivalMinister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Melissa Arrindell-Doncher will soon begin exploratory discussions to host an international film festival/film related event in St. Maarten. She explained that for the economy of a destination like St. Maarten, a film festival can be a great way to diversify St. Maarten’s tourism product and attract the luxury visitor and film writers from around the globe. 

She said, “Film fetivals attract tourits from all over.  A filmmaker will usually travel across the world to attend and promote a screening of their film.  It also attract media professionals and film fans who, if treated well will return home to rave about the festival and the country hosting it."

Local Domino's Wows with Jetpack Delivery

dominosstmaartenDomino’s St. Maarten scored another first when it delivered hot pizzas to the President of Domino’s International Ritch Allison & two of the three Vice Presidents on board catamarans Lambada and The Golden Eagle in a Jet Pack.  The officials were in St. Maarten for a Domino’s President’s meeting.  The delivery was made possible by the team at Sea Fun Water Sports on Kim Sha Beach while about 120 of the Domino’s President’s Meeting attendees looked on in amazement.  The “delivery driver” hovered some 50 feet in the air while he approached the two vessels with the pizza order in hand.  After successfully handing the pizza, several hundred onlookers watched the JetPack Domino’s Flyer performed about 15 minutes of stunts, done in and out of water and looked like what many described as Iron Man flying and twisting about in his Blue and White LED illuminated Domino’s jersey.

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Three Receive Royal Decorations

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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.

Major Aviation Conference Opens with Friendly Reception

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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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Travel Show Feature on St.Maarten

thetravelshowMinister 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 to Represent St.Maarten at 3 Major Conferences

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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.

Increased Numbers for Cruise Passenger Arrivals

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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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