Lucky business can get paid attendance to intl. cruise conf. | THE DAILY HERALD

The COCI building.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) is offering one lucky business owner an all-expense-paid attendance and participation in the upcoming SeatradeCruiseGlobal Conference that will be held at Miami Beach Convention Center from April 8 to 11.

The conference brings together approximately 11,000 professionals. SeatradeCruiseGlobal is considered the cruise industry’s most significant worldwide event that presents the opportunity to promote the island and the business community. The unique opportunity is part of an initiative of COCI’s Supervisory Board and Executive Director to give back to the business community after the experience of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 and to stimulate business activity and innovation in a challenging economic environment.

COCI is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and this initiative is part of the Chamber’s inclusion campaign to get registered businesses more involved in such initiatives, it was stated in a press release on Tuesday. The selected business owner will be part of the Sint Maarten team that would include Port St. Maarten, representatives of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and COCI, who will be at the Sint Maarten booth showcasing the latest destination developments.

To be selected, a locally registered business will have to pitch themselves to qualify. The campaign is open to all businesses that would benefit from attending the cruise conference.

The winning business will receive a round-trip ticket to Miami, hotel accommodation, a daily allowance and a SeatradeCruiseGlobal conference pass. The person representing the business must be able to travel to the USA from April 7 to April 12; the business must be in good standing at COCI, where their annual dues are concerned; must have marketing material that they can distribute at the cruise conference.

The business owner must submit 90 seconds or less video why this business should be chosen and how this opportunity would benefit their business.

The business owner must also submit a one-page biography of their business (history, type of business, current situation and future plans for the business); and must include contact information of the business owner.

The deadline to submit this information is Monday, March 25, at 1:00pm. All information should be submitted by email to:

The winner will be announced on March 28. Any businesses interested in attending the cruise conference at their own expense can also inquire about conference passes which COCI has available.

Source: The Daily Herald