GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau which falls under the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), recently hosted freelance journalist from the Netherlands Guido Derksen from Dominicus Reisgidsen Travel Guide Group.
Derksen was interested in learning about what the destination had to offer visitors, and this was in connection with compiling information for a new guide book for the “Dutch Caribbean Islands” Saba, St. Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
Derksen visited the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau booth at the recently concluded Vakantie Beurs travel trade show in the Netherlands, which also included the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius. During his visit to the booth, Derksen had the opportunity to meet with Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell and Marla Chemont of the Tourist Bureau.
Destination Sint Maarten was absent from the aforementioned travel trade show for three (3) years, and the visit of Derksen is just one of the many notable contacts that were established and that will lead to some very positive exposure for the destination along with the sister islands Saba and St. Eustatius.
The timing is perfect given the absence from Vakantie Beurs, and by extension the Dutch market. The uniqueness of Sint Maarten and all that it has to offer will be prominently featured in this guide book, in particular the points of interest for visitors from the Dutch market, according to the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.
The guide book will be very instrumental in assisting persons when planning their vacation to the destination as it will include information such as: how to get here, where to stay, where to dine, what to do, the history of the country and other more general information about the island.
Noteworthy to mention is the fact that visitors from the Netherlands usually stay an average of ten (10) days in the Caribbean.
In most cases they would use that time to visit another island such as Saba and or St. Eustatius, hence the reason why the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau had a joint booth with the aforementioned two islands at the recently concluded Vakantie Beurs Show in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Guido Derksen (right) and his photographer.