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Honorable Romeo F. Pantophlet names St. Maarten's Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Oct. 17, 2012) - St. Maarten has named Honorable Romeo F. Pantophlet as the country's Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications.

In his role as Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications, Pantophlet's responsibilities include:

  • Social-economic development planning
  • Development of employment
  • Development and stimulation of the various sectors of the economy
  • Recommendations pertaining to the harbor, airport, utility companies and companies that provide transport and telecommunication facilities and services
  • Development and execution of economic regulations

From 1980 - 2006, Pantophlet held positions at the Central Bureau of Statistics including the role of Chief Executive Officer. From 2006 up until his appointment as Minister, Pantophlet was the Deputy Director at the St. Maarten Academy; Economic Advisor to Commissioner Frans Richardson, and most recently, an educator in Economics and Business Administration at the St. Maarten Academy.

Pantophlet completed his high school education in the Netherlands. From there he went on to the University of South Florida where he studied and received an Associate's Degree in Business Management with a focus on Industrial, Labor Relations. Pantophlet later went on to receive a Bachelors Degree from the City University of New York, Queens College Campus, where he graduated with a degree in Organizational Economics.

Pantophlet was chairman and board member of the Dutch Quarter Community Council in St. Maarten as well as a member of the Committee Eradication of "Shanty Towns" and Board member of the St. Maarten Carnival Committee.

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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