Chun appointed interim Tourist Bureau Head

POND ISLAND–Tourism and hospitality professional May-Ling Chun has been appointed as interim head of St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB). She steps in as the post becomes vacant due to Bureau Head Roland Brison’s election to Parliament.

Announcing appointment on Monday, Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Cornelius de Weever said Chun’s placement “will benefit the national tourism recovery of the country.”

“She is well qualified for the job. At this stage of our country’s post-Irma development, we need to ensure the tourism and travel industry that we have the best and brightest minds at the forefront in order to move our country forward during these very challenging times,” De Weever said.

Chun is not a newcomer to STB, as she had a stint as its director from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to her new post, Chun was manager of Commodore Suites, a hotel in Simpson Bay. She was also Oyster Bay Beach Resort’s Director of Operations from 1999-2002.

She has served as second vice president of the executive Board of St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) 2009-2011 and as a board member 1999-2009.

The new appointee is a board member on the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, co-founder of the St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) and of the annual SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards.

Chun holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the John F. Welch School of Business, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management and a Minor in Business from New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York.

“May-Ling Chun will be working with seasoned staff at STB in continuing to get the message out that we are open for business. To-date STB staff have been doing a wonderful job, and they are well aware what is at stake and what needs to be done,” De Weever said.

Source: The Daily Herald