Tourism Bureau invites businesses to submit information for iPhone App

POSTED: 10/12/11 4:40 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau invites St. Maarten businesses to take part in an island-wide initiative to collect information about every service-oriented company including island activities, attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, casinos, nightlife venues, events, and so forth. This information will highlight each company’s services on the newly designed website (www.VacationStMaarten.com) and through the official St. Maarten iPhone application (available for the iPhone and downloadable for free at the Apple iTunes website). The website is also universal mobile accessible automatically via www.VacationStMaarten.com using a Smartphone or Blackberry device.

The website and iPhone application will provide the ultimate travel planning tools for St. Maarten vacationers. The iPhone application will also serve as an on-island guide for visitors and allow access to all St. Maarten has to offer with just the touch of a button on specific Apple products.
For business owners, it is easy to input company information by going to www.VacationStMaarten.com/Business/ and filling out the form for “New Users.” Owners will create a username and password which will allow them to register and make any adjustments and enhancements in the future. Once the form is filled out, owners are directed to the Business Information Page where they will fill in the details about their company.
“The website and iPhone application will be the best marketing vehicle for companies to provide a free, detailed listing about their services to those interested in St. Maarten. We do not want any business on the island left out, but each company must take these simple steps to feature itself to the entire world though the website and the iPhone application,” May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau stated.

Once submitted, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau will review relevance, content, appropriate images and general information. Upon review, the business will be “live” on the St. Maarten iPhone app and website and the owner will receive a confirmation email. If the submission needs adjustments, companies have the opportunity to update the information accordingly.
It is also suggested that businesses upload pictures of their establishment and/or services as images will give viewers a better feel of what they offer and ultimately benefit the company and destination as a whole.
“We strongly encourage our businesses to participate and promote their products and services. This will showcase the diversity of our destination allowing the visitors and our community to gain access to island information that is just a touch away,” Chun added.
Business owners with questions can contact the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at 542-2337. Download the iPhone application by visiting www.vacationstmaarten.com/iphone/.

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