St. Maarten Port establishes economic cruise association

St. Maarten News – Just over a month ago, on Monday May 9 at the Cruise Terminal Building, Port St. Maarten, THE President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Michele Paige and cruise line executives briefed business officials about the yet to be established St. Maarten Economic Cruise Association (SECA).

SECA notarial deed was signed last Monday at the office of notary Faride Eloisa Elixie Tjon, thereby creating a private sector organization driven by private initiative to move cruise tourism forward and address the challenges being confronted by the destination.

SECA’s objectives are to promote, establish, communicate, and influence a clear vision with actions in support of the enhancement of the cruise experience for Sint Maarten.

SECA also recognizes and endorses the St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) and is ready to work with this entity once it’s fully active. 

A board has been appointed for one-year to get the association up and running.  The board members are: President Mark Mingo, Treasurer/Vice President Moshe Hakimi, Transportation representative Abdul Meyers, and Retail representative Peter Mirpuri.  A fifth member will be appointed at a later stage.

During the meeting held aboard the Oasis of the Seas on Tuesday, discussions focused on the establishment of three work groups, funding and membership. 

One of the work groups identified will focus on association membership and bylaws; the second work group will deal with business intelligence (surveys, data, trends and developments etc.); and the third work group will be focusing on destination experience/marketing-promotion and government relations.
Source: Today SXM St. Maarten Port establishes economic cruise association