Meeting on sports tourism next week Monday

POSTED: 11/15/12 1:06 PM

St. Maarten – A Public Panel Speaker Meeting has been scheduled for next week Monday at John Larmonie Hall at 7:50 p.m.  The event has been coordinated by the St Maarten Chamber of Commerce and the St Maarten Sports Tourism Commission Board (SSTC).

A Florida group of guest speakers has been invited to the event by the Tallahassee St Maarten Foundation Executive Director Arthur Lugisse and Sports Tourism Consultant Reggie Plaisir. The guest speaker is Charlie Hendricks of Southeast Fields Construction – an industry expert on Sports Facilities Planning and Construction.

Hendricks will do a presentation on sports facilities on behalf of the sports commission. The SSTC has a panel of speakers to discuss sports tourism development with the business community, government stakeholders and sports leaders on St Maarten.

The guest panel speakers are: Arthur Lugisse (moderator),  Arturo Bute President Chamber of Commerce, Gus Priest Executive Director St Maarten Tourism Bureau, (presentor)  Charlie Hendricks- CEO Southeast Fields Construction,  Juan Pablo Piscione-SSTC board member and Trisports -event rights holder, Mike Mcleod Head Baseball Coach TCC, Aarwighct Bell- President St Maarten Sports Federation, and Reggie Plaisir -SSTC President -Sports Tourism Consultant.

The SSTC has invited media outlets to cover the event. The Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Tourism are also invited. All tourism based stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Sports Tourism is a niche tourism product under development to be launched early 2013 under a service level agreement with the Ministry of Tourism.  The operating budget of SSTC would be derived from a public and private sector joint venture funding concept. The St Maarten Sports Tourism Commmission is structured to operate during the offseason months from May to November to generate revenue for the economy by hosting bi-monthly sports events.


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