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United States, St.Maarten Sign Open Skies Agreement

The United States and St. Maarten signed a modernized bilateral open skies agreement that will continue to foster opportunities for air travel and commerce between the two countries.  This agreement modernizes the US-St. Maarten relationship by reducing administrative burdens on carries and governments, clarifying route rights and reaffirming mutual adherence to international safety and security standards.  The modernized agreement strengthens the partnership and economic ties between the United States and Sint Maarten.  It continues to preserve commercial opportunities and travel options for airlines, travelers, businesses, airports and localities, with unrestricted market access for passenger and cargo flights between the two countries and beyond. 

 

 

News Courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Nature Foundation Organizes Shark Count

sharkcountAs part of the “Save Our Sharks” Project, Nature Foundation has organized the very first Kingdom Shark Count in cooperation with several local dive schools including Ocean Explorers, Dive Safaris and Dive Adventures. The shark count was executed simultaneously on all six Dutch Caribbean islands and in the Netherlands. The shark count contributes significantly to the Nature Foundation’s scientific research into the abundance and movement patterns of sharks in local waters.  The count also provides insight into the state of our shark population and seasonal and yearly patterns of sharks on valuable coral reefs.  Sharks are very important to the health of coral reefs, oceans and fish stock; therefore this research has great value for the Nature Foundation and St. Maarten.

News Courtesy of Caribbean Gems

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.

News courtesy of Caribbean Gems

Rockland Estate Park Seen as Boost to St.Maarten Tourism

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Rockland revved up its chairlift to offer a sneak peek into the country’s newest attraction to set to open around the end of summer.  Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Melissa Arrindell-Doncher, who experienced the adventure activity for the first time told the Press that as she stood on the viewing deck of Sentry Hill that this newest addition to the country’s portfolio will “definitely boost tourism” to the destination. 

She said, “It was amazing she said of the experience, adding that the product is well poised to market itself as a featured attraction.  The view on the way up and at the top could not have been imagines, she said, as almost every few metres reveal something different.  The views at certain point highlight Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba and St. Eustatius and Tintamarre.

 

Courtesy Caribbean Gems

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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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."

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.