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'Sensational St. Maarten Savings'

Promotion Awards Travelers Discounts Up To $1,700 On Select Hotels With $50 "SXM Bucks" Per Day

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PRESS RELEASE #119

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten (http://www.VisitStMaarten.com) continues to assist travelers during these hard economic times by making it more affordable to vacation on the Dutch side of the island with the launch of a SensAAtional St. MAArten Savings winter promotion affording discounts up to 25% off nightly room rates at select hotels, plus $50 per day credit, per room booked, in the form of “SXM Bucks” to be used at participating restaurants, casinos, car rentals, shops, spas and attractions, resulting in up to $1,700 in savings on a one-week vacation.

Offer valid on bookings made by Nov. 30, 2009 for a minimum of four nights, for travel Dec. 1, 2009 through April 15, 2010.

“In the current economic climate, travelers are looking for added-value

when planning their next vacation,” said Frans Richardson, Commissioner of Tourism & Economic Affairs, Aviation and Sports for St. Maarten. “With SXM bucks, visitors have the ability to earn money during their stay so that they can enjoy many of the island local establishments.”

SensAAtional St. MAArten Savings participating hotels include Belair Beach Hotel, Coral Beach Club, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Princess Heights, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and Wyndham Sapphire Beach Resort. Horizon View Beach Hotel, Joshua Rose Guest House and Turquoise Shell Inn are participating in the promotion with up to 25% off rates only.

Guests will receive the $50 “SXM Bucks” upon arrival based on the number of days they are staying. “SXM Bucks” can be redeemed up to one year from date of issue. The variety of booking discounts are valid at select hotels for travel through Dec. 1, 2009 through April 15, 2010. Certain restrictions apply.

The $50 “SXM Bucks” per day spending credit can be used at the following retailers:
Restaurants: Antoine’s, Pineapple Pete, Ric’s Place, Saratoga, Beau Beau’s, Fusion, Infinity, Islan Flava, The Tides Restaurant, La Cucina, Molasses and Sopranos Restaurant
Shops: AMA Jewelers, Ballerina Jewelers, Bedazzled Jewelers, Caribbean Gems, Diamonds International, Lucky Too Gift Shop, Lucky Too Jewelers, Shipwreck Shops, St. Maarten Guavaberry, Effy Collection and Tanzanite International
Casinos: Casino Royale, Diamond Casino, Golden Casino
Spas: Good Life Spa, Indulgence by the Sea, The Spa and Vitality Oasis Spa
Attractions: Aqua Mania Adventures, Exquisite Water Sports, Xaro Tours, Atlantis Adventures and 12 Metre Challenge
Car Rentals: Best Deal, Hertz, U-Save, Value, Avis and Rolex

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 in St. Maarten from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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