Airport concessions tender opens

POSTED: 01/9/13 11:18 PM

St. Maarten – Expressions of Interest documents became public yesterday on the Princess Juliana International Airport website:, for the upgrade of the airport’s retail and food and beverage concessions. This phase will run until January 24 with a Request for Proposal phase following soon after; from February 5 to March 25.

Based on the information supplied in the tender documents, the airport says that “The current concessionaire agreements for retail units expire on June 30, 2013 while the current concessionaire agreements for food and beverage units expire on June 30, 2014. All retail and food and beverage units will now be tendered. The new concessionaire agreements (5 years for retail and 7 years for food and beverage) will all begin on July 1, 2013. A process will be in place for the remaining duration of the current food and beverage agreements.”

On bid will be slots for sunglass operator, news, books and media category, St. Maarten and Caribbean souvenir, jewelry and watches operator, coffee and sandwich bar operator, St. Maarten icon bar, fast food hamburger operator, Italian food and sandwich operator, full service restaurant, café de Paris, ice cream kiosk, drugstore, telecom store and convenience store operators.

The ambitious concession plan to increase passenger satisfaction, income and traffic comes as a result of a partnership agreement between the airport and InterVistas Consulting Group.

Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company together with InterVistas Consulting Group has developed a concession plan to increase passenger satisfaction, concessionaire sales and airport income. This includes an overhaul of the existing program and features a walkthrough duty free store and a central food court. The airport currently has 22 retail and seven food and beverage concessions in the areas before and after the security checkpoint.

As the second largest hub in the Caribbean, the airport hosted 1.6 million passengers last year. There are 24 concession packages, one for each individual concession, ranging from a 1,000 square meter large walkthrough duty free store to landside food & beverage concessions. Parties may express their interest in multiple packages.

Senior business development, marketing and communications officer Suzy Kartokromo can be contacted via email (  for more information on the tender process.

InterVistas Consulting Group is active in aviation, transportation and tourism with offices in Vancouver, Washington and The Hague. Together with Netherlands Airport Consultants it delivers one-stop shopping solutions to the airport world and is wholly-owned by the Royal Haskoning DHV Group from The Netherlands.

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