SMART opens in Westin on Wed.

DAWN BEACH–The St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) opens on Wednesday evening with a cocktail party in The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Casino and Spa, followed by two days of events and a show at L’Anse Marcel Beach.

Organisers L’Association des Hoteliers de St. Martin, St. Martin Tourism Office in conjunction with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) look forward to hosting tour operators, travel agents and travel writers as well as local hoteliers, activity providers and vendors.

SMART events will be held at Rainforest Adventure Park, The Westin and on L’ Anse Marcel Beach and already have more than 350 subscribed visitors varying from international tourism buyers and agents, hotel and activity suppliers as well as island industry vendors or tourism officials.

SMART has been an internationally renowned business event for more than 15 years, as the yearly exhibition grew to be the largest tradeshow in the North-eastern Caribbean.

An “Activity Friday” has been added to the line-up giving attendees an opportunity to experience island activities such as the Butterfly Farm, Aqua Mania Adventures Snorkel Tours, 12-Metre Regatta Sailing, Donut Dream’s Barbecue Boats and Topper’s Rum Distillery.

Amongst others, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), MasterCard, Expedia, TripAdvisor and AltaVista AG (official Google technology providers for hotels) and EPIC will share their newest insights via workshops at SMART.

Registration and additional details about SMART can be obtained via email at and/or by phone at 542-0108.

Source: The Daily Herald