MARIGOT–The Collectivité has reported on the success of St. Martin’s recent attendance at the Paris Fair, along with the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and Reunion Island. It was the second consecutive year St. Martin participated.
Emphasis was put on locally-made products and arts and crafts. Among the exhibitors were Laurence from Bees Biz, a business selling a succulent honey made in St. Martin infused with Caribbean fragrances which was much appreciated by visitors to the St. Martin stand.
Among those present was Maud Chabredier from Azitiz who makes ethnic jewellery and a group from Art of St. Martin specialising in traditional soaps and paintings as well as products made from sand.
Guavaberry Liqueur from Colombier was also on display and La Cre’Art, was another outfit specialised in making rum punches, body rubs and paintings of St. Martin.
Journey Cakes and traditional tarts made by Gennie and Jeannette once again excited the taste buds of visitors, adding a culinary touch. Patrick Lapierre from Lapierre’s Marble presented his know-how on the use of marble, and his creations made quite an impression on the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
The special day for St. Martin was on May 3 when entertainer Ricky Da Phox and his group brought Pavillion Four to life much to the amusement of St. Martiners and visitors present.
Air Caraïbes took part in the promotional week along with St. Martin Tourism Office, offering round trip airfares to the destination for 448 euros which attracted a lot of sales. Many visitors also took time to learn about the destination, the hotels and activities.
Attendance at the Fair provided a great opportunity for the Collectivité to present the many attractive assets of the island, from the beaches, shopping, and culture to the culinary and artistic offerings. The Paris Fair attracts some 600,000 visitors each year.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/65941-made-in-st-martin-products-showcased-at-2nd-paris-fair