Nominations for Crystal Pineapple Awards open until October 28

POSTED: 09/6/11 2:05 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Nominations for the sixth annual SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards fundraiser can be submitted until October 28, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association announced yesterday. The nomination-period may be extended if by the deadline not all categories have been filled. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday November 18.
The SHTA has made nomination forms available on its web site ( There are seventeen categories and the organization will select four nominees per category. “This means that 68 individuals or organizations will be recognized and valued for the work they have accomplished over the years,” SHTA executive director Valya Pantophlet stated in a press release issued yesterday. She noted that people who have been nominated in previous years could be nominated again. “We ask you to please write why you would like to nominate the particular individual. “Let the person or organization shine. This, in combination with the results of the voting, is the deciding factor,” says Valya Pantophlet, the lead organizer of the Crystal Pineapple Awards.
This year there are three new awards: Elementary Teacher of the Year, Secondary School Teacher of the Year and Made in St. Maarten award, which recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed to the tourism industry by producing unique and authentic art work, jewelry, liquors, etc. in St. Maarten.
There are also some changes with existing awards. The Outstanding Community Service Achievement Award which was divided into separate awards for individuals and organizations will now be one category. Small and Large Hoteliers of the Year Awards have also been combined, and lastly the SHTA has opened back up the Journalism Award. The award winners are chosen based on their contribution to tourism and the community, achievements described in their nomination form as well as the outcome of an online poll. SHTA will once again have the support of Price Waterhouse Coopers for auditing the nominations voting system.
SHTA posts updates on its Facebook-page “Crystal Pineapple Awards.”
For more information, please contact the SHTA office at 542 01 08, or e-mail to

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