Two events to mark World Tourism Day

POSTED: 09/14/11 11:38 AM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau is organizing two activities to mark World Tourism Day on September 27. The event’s theme this year is ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures.’ It is aimed at celebrating tourism’s role in linking the cultures of the world together through travel.
“With millions of people travelling the world each year, never before has so many people been to so many places, nor been so exposed to other cultures – 940 million travelled in 2010. The interaction between individuals and communities, and their diverse cultures, leads to tolerance, respect and mutual understanding, which are the building blocks for a more peaceful world,” a release from the Tourism Bureau stated.

The first activity is a walk-a-ton on Saturday, September 25 under the banner, “Walk for Tourism. The Chippie van will lead the walk, which will be followed by music from Happen so Massive. St. Maarten Superhost will be the tour guide providing tips on the true value of tourism and how to really promote the island to tourists. The walk-a-ton starts at 5:00 a.m. at the Emilio Wilson Park through Cay Hill, pass Radio Shack (at Illidge Rd.), turn left straight towards the Walter Nisbeth Road along the Salt Pond, turn left by the Salt Pickers Round-a-bout and head straight to the Captain Hodge Wharf. Free transportation will be provided back to the Emilio Wilson Park. The particular route was chosen because it establishes a link between the nation’s cultural heritage by taking participants past several historical landmarks.
A breakfast will follow the walk at the Captain Hodge Wharf that includes coffee or tea, water, crab salad, salt fish, dinner rolls, mini sandwiches and a fruit salad. Participation is free. People who’d like a T-shirt should contact the Tourism Bureau at 542-2337 or 542-1122 while supplies last.

The second activity is a tourism day festival at the St. Rose Arcade on September 27 starting at 7:00 p.m. The entire community is invited to this cultural event that includes a musical performance by the Ebony Steel Orchestra and Mosaic; a dance performance of the Ponum by the Dance Theatre; Salsa by Anais Dance Fusion, traditional Indian dance, and a Chinese rendition of the Chinese Dragon Dance. There will also be special guest’s appearance by Mi Paben, Mighty Dow, Shadowman and King Beau Beau will both host and perform at the event. Food vendors will be offering an international cuisine from as far as India and China, to Trinidad & Tobago, Holland and much more besides local dishes.

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