Smart 2012 gets European and South American attention

POSTED: 05/10/12 4:01 PM

MARIGOT- One hundred and fifteen delegates have signed up thus far to participate in this year’s StMaarten – StMartin Annual Regional Tradeshow (Smart).  This was revealed at the final stakeholders meeting held on May 3 at L’Office du Tourisme de StMartin.

Smart will be held at the reopened Radisson Blue Resort, Marina and Spa in Anse Marcel from May 16-18. There are a number of new companies signed up as wholesale tour operators for this year’s show. In a press release, Smart said that “for the first time a Dutch tour operator signed up. New registrations also came in from Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. A number of South American wholesalers will also be attending, specifically from Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.”

A special package has also been developed as an incentive for retail travel agents to attend the trade show. It includes hotel accommodations, specific meals, transportation and registration fees for $ 399.00

Apart from Copa Airlines, Insel Air and Winair offering discounted fares for Smart 2012, several corporate citizens have also doubled or tripled their financial support to the event. “They understand the importance of this huge marketing event on our occupancy figures and on our 1 pillar economy, tourism,” the stakeholders said while applauding the effort.

Present at the stakeholders meeting were Silviane John- director of the L’Office du Tourisme de StMartin, Marla Chemont-Smart project manager for the St.Maarten Tourist Bureau, Maurice Perrinmarechal and Mr.Philippe of  L’Association des Hoteliers de St. Martin as well executive project manager of the St.Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association Robert Dubourcq.

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