St.Maarten heads to World Routes forum

POSTED: 09/18/12 12:47 PM

GREAT BAY- St.Maarten has confirmed its membership at the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi from September 29 to October 2. Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet is expected to join his counterparts from around the world as well as airline executives at the forum. World Routes is the largest commercial aviation event.
Routesonline was quoted as saying that “participation from tourism authorities from around the world is stronger than ever at this year’s event. Many destinations, including Mexico (the world’s second largest tourism economy), Greece, St. Maarten, Sarawak, Trinidad and Tobago, the Seychelles, South Africa and the Philippines, amongst others have also confirmed that their Minister for Tourism will be in attendance at World Routes with many delivering ministerial destination briefings as part of the Routes Talks Tourism programme.”
The organization believes that the number of ministers who have registered for the event confirms that destinations view route development as an integral part of their economic development.
With 40 airline CEOs currently registered to attend World Routes, this year will also see more senior airline delegates in attendance than in previous years. The total number of C-level delegates registered for World Routes in Abu Dhabi is 60 and if other senior delegates such as Vice Presidents and Commercial Directors are included the total rises to almost 200.
Vice president of Routes Nigel Mayes said “We are thrilled with the level of seniority that this year’s event has attracted from all sectors of the industry. This interest in World Routes further strengthens our position as the world’s leading commercial aviation event for route development and the number of Ministers for Tourism in attendance from around the world shows how important stakeholders are during the process of securing new routes to many destinations.”
The Princess Juliana International Airport has been nominated for the World Routes 2012 Marketing Awards under special category of airports serving less than 4 million passengers.
The award recognizes the excellence in air service development by airports and is voted for exclusively by the airline network planning community. The winner of this category along with others will be announced at a special ceremony on October 1.

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