PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 24, 2010) - Representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the South Florida Chapter of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) sponsored a travel agent dinner event and presentation highlighting St. Maarten/St. Martin at the Tropical Acres Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 27, 2010.
Eighty travel agents and 10 hotel representatives participated including: Mary's Boon, Divi Little Bay, The Moorings Yacht Charters in Oyster Bay, Radisson St. Martin, Orient Beach Hotels, Grand Case Beach Club, Le Domaine, Beach Plaza Hotel and Le Flamboyant.
Representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau provided agents with a comprehensive presentation about the destination. Additionally, agents had the opportunity to network with island hoteliers.
During the week-long sales blitz in Florida, the St. Maarten sales team also met with representatives from all of the major tour operators that are based in Florida including Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity.
The sales blitz reached more than 300 agents in all and included a St. Maarten travel agent seminar in Naples, Florida on April 26th with top producers from the West Coast of Florida. Presentations were given at the Go Go Worldwide Vacations offices in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. The hoteliers also participated in Sun Coast Travel Association Tradeshow in Tampa and hosted a dinner meeting for the Orlando and Daytona Beach Chapters of the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) which is the leading travel agency association for home based travel agents.
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. Unique attractions include the historic Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum, and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where the Treaty of Concordia was signed more than 350 years ago to promote peaceful coexistence of two cultures on one island.
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 and numerous nightclubs. 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 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 numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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