Maho Group and Tourism Bureau secure new year round charter from Italy

POSTED: 10/19/11 6:58 PM

St. Maarten – Sonesta Resorts St Maarten has finalized a new charter partnership with Italian tour operator Eden Viaggi for a year round direct flight from Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Princess Juliana International Airport. The partnership was secured through a joint effort with the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and packages will go on sale November 1, 2011. All-inclusive packages are priced from approximately 1400 euro per week including airfare. Rates will vary on season and room category.

The new charter starts on December 18 and will be operated with an Alitalia A330 aircraft which can seat a maximum of 277 people. This includes 20 Magnifica business class seats. When the service starts there will be an intermediate stop in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It will later become a direct service for St. Maarten.
“The partnership with Eden Viaggi was generated from our participation with ITB Berlin 2011, the largest travel tourism trade show to support the European market. We look forward to our new partnership as a major boost to our resorts and the economy of St. Maarten,” Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino General Manager Juan Fernandez said.
“This is a tremendous boost to our island’s tourism sector. Italy has been an excellent country of support to our destination and we anticipate the new flight will further bolster this important market,” Interim Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May-Ling Chun said.
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin A. Meyers added, “This is a monumental accomplishment as we expand our presence even further into the European continent. We are happy to be partnering with The Maho Group on this charter, a company that remains dedicated to the success of our overall tourism development.”

The new partnership also includes Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino receiving membership in Eden Viaggi’s exclusive Eden Gold, which features elite destinations selected for their location, quality of services and appeal to international customers, while Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino will be categorized as Eden Special, recognized for location, value for money and reliability of service. Both resorts will be designated as preferred locations for Eden Viaggi travelers.

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