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St. Maarten Attracts Meetings & Conferences With Tropical Backdrop, Tax Incentives For U.S. Companies

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – St. Maarten has emerged as a popular destination for companies to gather for meetings and conventions. A tax initiative now allows U.S. companies to receive the same tax benefits for meetings that take place in St. Maarten as if they were held in the U.S.

Meeting planners can choose from a variety of properties including, but not limited to, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and Divi Little Bay Beach Resort.

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino offers more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to 1,000 people. The resort offers ten indoor meeting and event options as well as six outdoor event spaces. Event coordinators and the onsite Conference Services Team can arrange corporate meetings, receptions, themed parties, dinners and various activities for large groups.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino offers a more intimate setting for smaller meetings offering more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space. The largest room measures 2,583 square feet, while banquet capacity at the resort can accommodate 275 – 300 guests.

With seven meeting spaces ideal for larger meetings and conferences, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa can host up to 1,000 people in their 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting spaces. The larger ballroom breaks down into five sections, allowing more flexibility, with freestanding meeting rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 10 - 120 people.

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort located eight miles from Princess Juliana International Airport can accommodate smaller gatherings of up to 36 people. Divi Little Bay Beach Resort offers those booking the event a free room when booking 20 rooms in high season, or 15 rooms in low season.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion that keeps “food lovers” returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden. The historically-pivotal Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where a treaty and harmonious peace was forged between the island’s two cultures more then 350 years ago, provide other unique attractions.

The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping and a bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment at the island’s 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs.

For water enthusiasts scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are located throughout the island, which boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites such as the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten’s waters in 1801.

Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.