PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, Wednesday January 15, 2020 – TheSt Maarten Tourist Bureau’s efforts in revitalizing the island have been recognized.
St Maarten has received the title of 2020’s Most Innovative Caribbean Destination in the Caribbean Journal’s Annual Caribbean Travel Awards, for its “impressive strategy” that has ushered in a “full-fledged tourism renaissance”.
According to Caribbean Journal, the progress on the island has been hard to ignore with “a miraculous increase in tourist arrivals” throughout 2019, and the journal’s staff commended St Maarten for its speedy airport recovery, rebound in accommodations, and the re-establishment of a thriving roster of restaurants and bars.
Arrivals at the island’s famed Princess Juliana International Airport were up 103 per cent from January to October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.
“We are delighted to obtain this award from Caribbean Journal,” said St Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher. “As we strive to become a leading Caribbean destination, offering unforgettable experiences to our visitors, we are grateful for this recognition and are motivated to work even harder to attain our goals and look forward to welcoming more visitors to our Friendly Island.”
The island’s Director of Tourism, May-Ling Chun said the award was a testament to all the hard word that everyone in the travel industry had been putting into ensuring that the tourism sector recovers quickly.
“We’re thrilled to see that visitors are returning to the island in greater numbers,” she said.
St Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations –the Netherlands and France. Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. Direct air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from major US and Canadian cities.