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Theodore Heyliger
We live in an Information Age where reliable, up-to-date, factual information is the key to decision-making, whether it be in government, in the private sector, or at the personal level. At Your Service, the new quarterly electronic newsletter of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, meets that demand for authoritative information about developments on the island. It is a tool, which I am confident, all readers will find useful.

A lot indeed has been happening on our Friendly Island, a lot of improvements in virtually every area, which will hopefully make visiting St. Maarten one of the most pleasant choices you would ever make. Joining our state-of-the-art Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facility is an ultra-modern new terminal building at the Princess Juliana International Airport, which will become operational in September. We are not only investing in the gateways to our island, but also in the beautification of the capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg, all in an attempt to improve the quality of life of our citizens and contribute to a more positive tourist experience.

The St. Maarten island government, as well as all the stakeholders in our industry, is committed to making your visit a most memorable experience you would proudly talk about for a long time. We not only look forward to you spending your vacation with us, but also hope you would recommend our island to others.

Welcome to this new source of information about our island, and we promise we would do all within our power to make your visit an enjoyable one.

Regina LaBega
Welcome. At Your Service is the electronic newsletter of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, a quarterly publication meant for visitors and industry “owners” to keep abreast of developments in St. Maarten, as well as other relevant information.

In this maiden edition, we focus on the forthcoming opening of the new terminal building of the Princess Juliana International Airport and the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort, Spa and Residences. These major developments would impact significantly on the industry.

The island is undergoing a lot of changes, all of which cannot be included at the same time in a newsletter like this. However, these will be highlighted in due course.

We welcome suggestions for improvement from our readers, as well as questions that you may wish answered with factual information. We encourage you to use this newsletter as much as possible and tell your friends and families about it.

Thank you for choosing to visit us and as always, we remain at your service.

Contact Information

St. Maarten Tourist Bureau
Vineyard Office Park
WG Buncamper Road 33
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
T: (599) 542-2337
F: (599) 542-2734
E: info@st-maarten.com
W: www.st-maarten.com


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Get Twice the Vacation, Twice the Value

It’s a St. Maarten Summer special! Book one of our great package deals, and get every second activity ticket free at 12 Metre Regatta, Rapid Explorer, Dive Sapharis and Snorkel Sapharis.

“Get Twice the Vacation, Twice the Value” means 5th Night Free, 5th Day Car Rental Free, 2nd Activity Ticket Free—Valid for Rack Rate Bookings from April 22 through December 15, 2006. There are at least 15 participating hotels and five car rentals at your service: www.visitsxm.com/accommodations/specials.cfm.

Each booking with a minimum of 5 nights will receive the 5th night free, the 5th day car rental free and coupons that entitle you to 2 tickets at participating activities for the price of one. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Advance reservations are required: www.visitsxm.com/accommodations/specials.cfm. Black-out dates and other restrictions apply (Travel window is 04-22-2006 through 12-15-2006 and booking window is 04-01-2006 through 12-10-2006).

SMART 2006, a resounding success

The St. Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) got off to a smart start this year. Participants from North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe were welcomed on May 12, 2006, with a unique evening view of the colorful folkloric parade known as the “Boardwalk Mas,” a cultural treat that grew out of the Tourism Master Plan (TourMap), from the beachfront of the Holland House hotel.

SMART brings together buyers, in other words, wholesalers and tour operators with suppliers—the hotels, tourism departments, excursion agents, etc. in a very congenial atmosphere for business.

SMART has been growing steadily in both quantity and quality since it began four years ago, and this year’s edition has been hailed a resounding success with participants looking forward to their next SMART date in 2007.

4th Annual St. Martin Book Fair
One for the books

The distinguished author/scholar Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados) and attorney Marguerite Laurent (USA/Haiti), guests at St. Martin Book Fair 2006.The island’s cultural calendar for June 2006, opened with the 4th Annual St. Martin Book Fair. It was the first stop for renowned poet, historian, critical thinker and essayist, Dr. Kamau Brathwaite after he won Canada’s prestigious Griffin poetry prize.

From June 1 – 3, 2006, the book took center stage under the theme, “Migration: Movement of the People.” The event opened with speeches by Com. of Education and Leader of Government, Sarah Wescot-Williams, Regional Councilor Louis Mussington, the keynote address by England’s famed reggae poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and concluded with the launch of Skin, a new poetry book by St. Martin’s Drisana Deborah Jack www.houseofnehesipublish.com.

The book fair organizers, Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers, in collaboration with the University of St. Martin (USM), outdid themselves with the caliber of invited authors/participants from the Caribbean, USA, Europe and India, and in keeping the event accessible to a wider cross-section of the public, with special emphasis on the youth. The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is the major sponsor of the annual St. Martin Book Fair.

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