SHTA take concerns over sector, structured cooperation to Governor Holiday

POSTED: 05/16/11 12:29 PM

St. Maarten – Members of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association met with Governor Eugene Holiday recently to share their concerns about the current state of the tourism industry in St. Maarten. The five member delegation, led by the President Emil Lee, provided the governor with updates on the current state of the sector and used the opportunity to get detailed information on the role of the governor’s office.
The SHTA delegation also stressed the need for more structured public private partnership in forums like the Socio-Economic Council (SER), the Tripartite Committee on Labor and “the long awaited, much promised and ever elusive Tourism Authority.”
“It is the opinion of SHTA that these structures are critical to stimulate dialogue between stakeholders and to provide structure for continued cooperation regardless of political climate in either public or private sector,” the delegation said in a statement issued Sunday.
The SER was established recently and is expected to meet again on May 27. The Tripartite Committee on Labor has not met for years, but Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who acted as Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, and the recently appointed Minister in that post Cornelius de Weever are on record that the committee will be reactivated. Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Franklin Meyers is also on record that the government will establish the Tourism Authority.

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