Rio to donate parade shirts to three hotels | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–Organisers of the seventh annual Lighted Parade set for this Saturday have teamed up with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) and will donate free shirts to Oyster Bay Resort, Divi Little Bay Resort and Holland House Beach hotel for tourists who would like to participate in the event free of charge.

The idea behind the gesture is to encourage visitors not only to come back to the island and take part in the parade in years to come, but to visit the island again because of the experience jamming on the streets. Rio Productions President Brenda Wathey presented the shirts to Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson and STB Interim Director May-Ling Chun on Tuesday.

The last batch of T-shirts for the Lighted Parade 2018 reached the island recently and are on sale at UTS, Van Dorp Madame Estate, N.C. Wathey, Nowhere Special and CLT. The package includes LED string lights and full open bar, including a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the entire parade.

“We wanted to let the world know that St. Maarten is back online, and this is the best way to do it. We want this to be a long-lasting relationship with STB and government and to get more Caribbean visitors to come to the island whether it is before our Carnival season or in August, as we are putting on the parade this year in August,” said Wathey during the presentation.

“STB hopes that we can continue this gesture as we invite visitors to come back to the island. STB thanks Rio Productions for the contribution and the three selected hotels will receive 10 shirts for their guests,” said Chun.

Johnson echoed Chun’s sentiments after accepting the shirts on behalf of the government.

The organiser expects close to 2,500 persons this year.

Source: The Daily Herald