From left in the foreground Minister Irania Arrindell, Chef de Cabinet Alex Dijkhoff, and port management and supervisory board members. Photo contributed
Port St. Maarten Management provided Minister Irania Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications) on Thursday with an update on the state of affairs.
The Minister received an update about all compliance matters such as 2014 financial statement; operational audits; corporate governance report; the Public Prosecutor Office civil inquiry; and much more.
Minister Arrindell also received a presentation about Port St. Maarten’s Strategic Business Plan and the best approach with respect to moving forward.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo said that the port is in compliance with its corporate responsibilities.
The port will be provide the minister’s cabinet with a priority list of short, mid and long-term priority matters that would lead to sustainable stimulation of the tourism industry.
Mingo welcomed the minister’s commitment where she pledged her support to assist the port wherever necessary.
Other matters that were discussed during the meeting was the opening up of Cuba and what it would mean for St. Maarten; the formalization and strategic plans of the St. Maarten Tourism Authority; growing the European cruise market and diversification of the market; destination marketing funds; diversifying the product to enhance yachting and fueling in order to attract high end visitors who spend more money while visiting a destination; increase/enhance collaboration of government-owned companies.
Source: Today SXM Minister Irania Arrindell visits port