PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (March 5, 2010) - Representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau met with hundreds of consumers and travel professionals at the recent New York Times Travel Show, which took place at the at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau shared a booth with St. Martin Office de Tourisme. Representatives from Sonesta Resorts, St. Maarten, Winair, Mary's Boon, Le Domaine, Grand Case Beach Club, Divi Little Bay and the Radisson St. Martin also created a presence at the St. Maarten/St. Martin booth to enhance the overall experience for travel professionals and consumers.
During the show, St. Maarten registered over 450 consumers for the opportunity to win a six-day/five-night vacation getaway at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. The prize also included two tickets from Winair from St. Maarten to St. Barth's, Saba or Statia for a day trip.
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.
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