An aircraft landing near Sunset Beach Bar in St. Maarten, which is once again profiled in a major U.S. media publication as one of the top destinations for summer vacation this year. Story on page . (File photo)
PHILIPSBURG–Destination St. Maarten is once again profiled in a major U.S. media publication, USA Today, as one of the top destinations for summer vacation this year. In its Travel Section of April 18, USA Today magazine highlighted St. Maarten as a key Summer Vacation destination.
Written by FareCompare.com Chief Executive Officer Rick Seaney, who is an airline industry insider and top media air travel resource, the article outlines some benefits of Caribbean travel, which include the ease of getting on a plane “that makes me feel like adventure is just around the corner.”
Seaney also noted, “The good news is, the adventure doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are some wonderful destinations for cheap summer adventures, plus other ways to cut your vacation cost.”
The feature offers advice on “Best time to fly” followed by the “Top 10 destinations for summer 2019, according to AAA”. The USA Today article says the destination features reasonable prices from several US departure cities in June.
Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Thursday that this publication was welcome news for tourism and hospitality stakeholders.
“St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is working to quickly finalise plans with our private sector partners to promote summer packages which will further increase visitor arrivals.
“Despite our challenges, this news shows that the hard work of all stakeholders to get the destination up and running post-[Hurricane – Ed.] Irma is paying off. The return of several airlines and the addition of new routes have resulted in competitive pricing for airlifts in and out of St. Maarten. The rise in air traffic activity in recent months has been further complemented by the Ministry of TEATT’s [Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication] continued promotion of the developments on the island such as the reopening of various properties.
“The resilience of restaurant owners, guesthouses, hotels, dive sector, marine community, and the ancillary hospitality and tourism amenities sector, has all contributed to our country bouncing back quickly,” said Johnson on Thursday.
“I take my hat off to all of them for the all-out effort placed in getting our destination St. Maarten/St. Martin back on the map and the only way forward is continuing to rebuild back better, which we are currently doing.”
USA Today is a multi-platform news and information media company founded in 1982. The publication reaches nearly three million readers daily, and its mobile platform has more than 24 million downloads on devices. USA Today launched its international edition in 1984 and is printed in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Canada, and has a total circulation of nearly 15,000. Gannett Co. owns USA Today.