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$-a-Day Scholarship program

Submitted by administrator on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:40

The $-a-Day program now has available several scholarship grants for higher education in the hospitality field. The grants are open to young St. Maarten students. The $-a-day program is made possible by the thousands of timeshare tourists who willingly donate via their resorts a minimum of $1 for each day they stay in St. Maarten. For application guidelines and forms or general questions, please use the “Contact us” form on the website.

Belair Beach Hotel - Reopened!

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:00

Belair Beach Hotel has reopened its doors to welcome its first guests since Hurricane Irma struck the island in September 2017. The hotel had its soft opening on Saturday. This milestone in the hotel’s as well as St. Maarten’s recovery was celebrated with guests, staff and Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin.

Twenty-four of the hotel’s 70 rooms were severely damaged by Irma. Diligent work by hotel management and staff right after the hurricane has led to the reopening of 54 rooms. The remaining rooms are expected to be back in operation in the next three weeks, said General Manager Calvin Turner.

The property has hotel, timeshare and condominium units. Romeo-Marlin told hotel staff this soft opening: “Without you this could not happen. This is the attitude we should all have in St. Maarten … to ensure that we get back to where we were.”

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Simpson Bay Resort - Reopened!

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:50

Simpson Bay Resort has officially reopened its doors. The property, which includes a mix of 336 suites and 83 two-bedroom villas, had been closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma last fall. While it has been operational for several months, the property has been urging guests to wait to vacation on the island until March 3, given the need for a recovery in tourism infrastructure on the island, according to a statement on the hotel’s Web site.


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St. Maarten Featured in the USA Today's 2018 Best Beaches in the Caribbean

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Submitted by administrator on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:08

POND ISLAND:—  Destination Sint Maarten/St. Martin is once again profiled in a major U.S. media publication, the USA Today. On Monday, February 12, in its Travel Section under the title, “Best beaches in the Caribbean, 2018 edition,” there were 51 photos featuring the aforementioned in the Region, and destination St. Maarten/St. Martin was mentioned in the number two spot pointing out that the island’s 37 beaches are back in business.

The feature written by Melanie Reffes as a special to USA Today starts out, “Even if you’ve been there and done that, chilling on a Caribbean beach never gets old.
“Whether you like snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing, people-watching on party beaches or the sand-less-traveled, our island-by-island guide can help you find the best sandy swaths under the sun.”

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Princess Juliana Airport Set to Open October 10

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:56

Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA/SXM Airport) will open to accept all commercial flights as per October 10, 2017. “We will be back in business,” the Minister said. The symbolism of the date was also important to the Minister, marking seven years since St. Maarten obtained its new constitutional status.

The airport, the Minister explained, was given time following hurricane Irma and Maria to get back to a suitable operational level that falls within international safety standards. 


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SMTA Elects Hamstra as New Chairman

Submitted by administrator on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:20

The St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) held its Annual General Meeting on August 16, 2017. During the meeting, elections were held and the members elected Jelle Hamstra to be the new Chairman of the Association, as former Chairman, Marcel Javois, decided to step down after being the Chairman for four consecutive years.

Hamstra has extensive experience in the Hospitality and Timeshare industry. His past positions include General Manager of Tamarind Hotel and Manager of St. Rose Arcade. He sat on several boards including, the Heineken Regatta Steering Committee, Stichting Ervarings Gericht Onderwijs, and has been on the SMTA board since 2002.


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JetBlue Brings Mint Service to SXM

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Submitted by administrator on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:43

JetBlue is expanding its Mint Premium service on Caribbean flights next year. It is adding a second Saturday seasonal round-trip flight between New York and St. Maarten starting January 13; another between Boston and Aruba; and between Boston and St. Maarten from February 17. Additionally, Mint Service between Aruba and both New York and Boston will operate daily February 15-26. All seasonal Mint routes in the Caribbean operate through April 2018. JetBlue currently operates year-round Mint service between New York and Barbados, New York and Grenada, and New York and St. Lucia. The Mint service features faster check-in, early boarding, free broadband Internet service, an in-flight menu by New York City restaurant Saxon Parole, and 15-inch interactive video screens to view up to 100 channels from DIRECTV.



Source: The Daily Herald

SMTA Donates to MAC Browlia F. Maillard Campus

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:21

St. Maarten Timeshare donates to the Methodist Agogic Center Browlia F. Maillard Campus from the Dollar-a-Day Program. The Dollar-A-Day Program is a voluntary contribution from Timeshare Hotel Guests. The Association presented the donation which will assist the school in three specific areas of the school: the Canteen, the Dutch classes and the Third Grade class.


The funds from the association will go to purchasing a laptop, speakers, projector, printer, refrigerator and a computer.



SMTA Supports Cleaner Lagoon

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Submitted by administrator on Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:51

The St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) established its Dollar-a-Day program in 2005, which gives guests the opportunity to voluntarily contribute one dollar per day on their room bill for community development projects. The program recently provided critical support to the local foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) St. Maarten, which needed emergency funds to upgrade the battery system on its sewage pumpout boat, Slurpy.
According to international law, boaters must be at least 12 nautical miles from land to legally discharge untreated sewage. Slurpy provides boaters in and around the Lagoon a much more convenient, hygienic, and environmentally responsible option. Waste stored in Slurpy’s sealed tank is securely disposed of in a larger land-based holding tank which is then pumped out by a septic truck and transported to the wastewater treatment facility

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Photo contest entry: Early morning rainbow from Little bay

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Submitted by a visitor on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 23:08

Got up early in the morning to go for a walk, ended up getting a little wet but on the way back to Belair Beach Hotel I got this great rainbow shot

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