With great success the last 2 years, the SMTA has officially started their annual photo contest with awesome prizes.
This year's theme is "family on vacation". Only photos taken on St Maarten/St Martin that captures the essence of family will be accepted for contest posting on the website. The photos must be taken by the person or of the person submitting the picture.
Pictures can be uploaded by clicking on the photo contest or click this link
The winning photos submitters this year are as follows:
1stplace - Gila Hodge who has won first place which is two (2) round trip airline tickets from her city to St. Maarten valid through January 31, 2013.
2nd place - Catherine Deschenes whon won a free week stay at participating SMTA resorts.
3rd place – Andrew Niess who won $150 for dining at your restaurant of choiceon St. Maarten
Our Dollar A Day program has been very successful for this new year. We have assisted many schools, and foundations with computers, special reading books and the building of a new fence for the No Kidding with our kids after school program club house. Please visit our Dollar-A-Day page to see pictures of where your generous contributions were donated.
Our Dollar A Day program has been very successful for this new year. We have assisted many schools, and foundations with computers, special reading books and the building of a new fence for the No Kidding with our kids after school program. Please visit our Dollar-A-Day page to see pictures of where your generous donations went to.
The winners of our first Photo Contest have been chosen. Special thanks to all who have submitted ther visions of St. Maarten. Tyrone "Pete" Peterson of Pete's Photo nominated the winners and they were confirmed by the SMTA board.
First Place: Dock Holiday submitted by Mark Bromley seen on page 7 of the photo contest
Second Place: Tree Amigos submitted by John Caputo page 3
Third Place: Belair View From the Bay taken by a floating Herb Albert on page 1
I just came back from the resort today Saturday 12 March, and can report that all rooms are open and that people are happily checking in. I spoke to several of the timeshare owners who were all quite pleased to be back "home" again. Several guests had made alternate reservations and were glad to have not needed them. One couple I spoke to said they had been following the news and had just crossed their fingers that all would be okay for today. A few commented that they felt sorry for the week 8,9, and 10 people who had to go elsewhere. Hopefully the worst is now over and residents and visitors alike can look forward to a brighter future.Read more! (3 Comments)
Not a re-opening date, but still very good news. RCI and II, the 2 big exchange companies, have made a temporary agreement to accept future bankings for the Simpson Bay Resort even though it is closed. If your first love is St. Maarten and you want to be guaranteed St. Maarten accommodations, we recommend that from week 13 on you book a suite at maintenance fees at one of our member resorts participating. By that time we will not need to send you to a hotel to find space. Simpson Bay Resort at a minimum will be providing future accommodations for what you are not able to use while closed, so you would not lose time.
If on the other hand you were intending to bank your week and not come to St. Maarten this year and have a close date this is very helpful. Weeks wiith either exchange company can be deposited just 2 weeks prior to the start date of the week, but with a lower trading power for you. Both exchange companies, who are also off-island members of the SMTA are willing to share some of the expense to make sure that St. Maarten's timeshare owners are appreciated in every way. Remember though, If you want to come to St. Maarten click read more....Read more! (3 Comments)