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St. Maarten Changes Area Code to 721

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PRESS RELEASE #184


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Sept. 30, 2011) – Effective today, Sept. 30, 2011, the new area code for St. Maarten is 721. To call St. Maarten from the United States one would now dial, for example, 1-721-777-7777.

Calls to St. Maarten using either 00-599 or 1-721 will be processed regularly during a "permissive dialing period" which will run until Sept. 30, 2012. Following this, callers using 00-599 will be advised that the dialing code has changed and the new code must be used.

In addition, St. Maarten-based cell phone numbers that previously began with a "555" have been changed to "550." For example, if the cell phone number was 555-1212, it will now be 550-1212 (from the United States, callers would now dial: 1-721-550-1212).

On-island calling to landlines (non cell phones) will remain unchanged and persons and businesses can be reached by dialing the seven-digit local numbers.

The new area code is designed to make telecommunications an easier process for locals and visitors alike.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit 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.

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