AIRPORT–Princess Juliana International Airport SXM met with representatives of St. Maarten Hospitality Trade Association (SHTA) and the Ministry of Tourism on February 2 in an effort to create collaboration among stakeholders to discuss the current status, progress and rebuilding efforts for the entire island.
Monthly meetings are scheduled to be held to improve the flow of information and communication between all parties and to inform the public of the progress being made towards the full economic recovery of St. Maarten. The second meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 2.
As part of the collaboration, stakeholders will be given a tour of the new temporary facilities currently being erected to better accommodate passengers and other users. A tour of the Airport’s terminal facilities will also take place at the same time.
Stakeholders that have confirmed participation in the meetings are the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT), the St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB), the SHTA, the St. Maarten Harbour and Port Authority and the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce.
SHTA and the airport had been exchanging progress reports about future rooms availability and airline capacity since the beginning of the year and will continue to do so as part of the future meetings. It is also the team’s intention to include the French-side authorities, including the management of L’Esperance Airport in Grand Case, during quarterly meetings to be held.