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St. Maarten Enhances New York Office Team

Welcomes Krystle Richardson To Staff

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PRESS RELEASE #129


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (February 23, 2010) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (www.VacationStMaarten.com) is pleased to welcome Krystle Richardson to the New York City office team, joining industry veteran Louis Peters and travel agent liaison Cyndi Miller Aird.

The St. Maarten New York Office serves as an information portal for travel agents and consumers looking for information about St. Maarten, including brochure fulfillment and representation at tradeshows nationwide. In addition to enhancing the New York office staff, St. Maarten recently launched a new branding campaign and continues to move full speed ahead with initiatives to capture the lucrative North American leisure travel market.

Richardson’s primary responsibilities at the St. Maarten New York Office

are to help promote awareness of the island, including building relationships with tour operators, wholesalers, and consumers; delivering and scheduling seminars and educational material to the travel agent community; and representation at tradeshows.

“I believe that the exploration of new places and new cultures is important to a person’s development and personal growth and that traveling is essential for hands-on education intertwined with recreation and relaxation. I embrace the opportunity to work with the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and add to the experiences that visitors have during their stay,” notes Richardson.

Richardson holds a Masters Degree in International Applied Communication from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. Additionally, she has studied in Utrecht, Netherlands as well as Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Richardson has enjoyed extensive travel throughout the Caribbean and has lived in St. Maarten, St. Croix and St. Thomas as well as various other regions of the world. She currently lives in New York.

The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau New York City Office is located at 675 Third Avenue, Suite 1807, New York, NY 10017; Tel: (212) 953-2084, Fax: (212) 953-2145.

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 to keep "food lovers" returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has tastes to satisfy every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 36 square miles 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 the Treaty of Concordia was signed to promote the island's peaceful coexistence to forged the island's uniqueness with two cultures on one island for more 350 years ago.

The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment with 14 casinos, numerous nightclubs with various entertainment opportunities. During the day water sport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities which are located throughout the island. The island boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites that include the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten's waters since 1801.

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

Find St. Maarten on Facebook by searching "Vacation St. Maarten" and follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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