THE HAGUE–Minister Plenipotentiary Jorien Wuite and her Cabinet, with the assistance of the Tourism Department, promoted St. Maarten for the first time at the annual Embassy Festival in The Hague on Saturday.
The main message of the promotion was St. Maarten is back in business and open for visitors. Many people who visited the St. Maarten House booth were eager to visit the country for vacation; some even thought they could book their vacation on the spot, said the Wuite’s Cabinet.
The second message to visitors was that St. Maarten is a part of the Dutch Kingdom and is represented by the Minister Plenipotentiary in the Netherlands.
The Festival was an opportunity for Wuite and staff to meet ambassadors and embassy staff to further build and expand diplomatic ties for St. Maarten.
After the festival Wuite and Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary Michael Somersall, attended the ambassador’s reception at Hotel Des Indes.
The Cabinet is already gearing up for next year’s Embassy Festival and to better showcase the culture from salt-fish and johnny-cake to soca, local arts and crafts to the punnum dance.
The sixth annual event drew some 60 embassies to share their culture in the form of cuisine, music, dance, theatre, arts and crafts. Some 50,000 people particularly from The Hague and surrounding areas visited the festival.