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Wyclef Jean To Headline The 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, March 3-6

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 26, 2011) - Grammy award-winning Wyclef Jean is set to headline the 31st Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta scheduled for March 3-6, 2011. This free performance will be closing celebration of the three-day event on Sunday, March 6, 2011 on Kim Sha Beach.

Wyclef first gained fame as part of the popular group The Fugees, before beginning his solo career in the late 1990's. Throughout his career, he has teamed up with many of the world's most well-known artists, and has made significant musical contributions through all music genres.

In the past year, Wyclef ran Haiti's presidential elections, in a bid to help improve life for residents. Although his political candidature was denied, he continues with great success to raise awareness for the country and financial support to the island through his foundation, Yele Haiti.

"St. Maarten is honored to welcome an artist who is active in his local community and a positive spokesman for the region," said said Regina LaBega, Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

For more information about the regatta or to keep informed about the bands performing at the event visit www.heinekenregatta.com. For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied 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.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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