Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show Coming in Late May

Boats in the marina of the Marigot Bay in Saint Martin
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The Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART) offers regional and international buyers the chance to interact with suppliers and other notable tourism industry partners from the neighboring Caribbean islands from Tuesday, May 21, to Thursday, May 23, 2019. The event provides three days master classes, workshops, activities, festivities, and opportunities for industry professionals to grow their networks. SMART is an initiative between the St. Martin Tourism Office, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, the Saint Martin Hotel Association (L’ Association des Hôteliers de Saint Martin) and the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA).

Early bird registration officially began on February 19 and will run until April.

This year’s marketplace will provide a full day and a half of one-on-one meetings with notable buyers and suppliers from all over the world. SMART annually includes the nearby allied destinations of Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, and Tortola. This year’s event will also include suppliers from other destinations within the region, including Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. The event is frequented each year by tour operators, travel agents, travel writers and event planners from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America.

New to SMART’s three-day program is a “mystery dinner,” which will further highlight the island’s status as the Caribbean’s culinary capital.

Sint Maarten recently took in 1,597,101 cruise passengers on 489 cruise calls last year, which was a 29 percent increase from the previous one. St. Maarten is positioned at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. The nearly 40 square mile island includes 37 beaches, along with historical and family-oriented attractions.

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