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Vision for St. Maarten 2025

By means of this document SHTA will try to show its Vision of what an ideal Sint Maarten could like in 2025

SHTA is the largest private business representative on the island. The company is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on Sint Maarten. With the businesses environment on St. Maarten evolving at a record pace, it is good to know that you have someone to turn to for questions, problems and most importantly answers.

Furthermore the SHTA offers a number of direct benefits to increase your bottom line, employee satisfaction and service and socio-economic impact on the island. The SHTA has a proven track record of over 25 years of consistent and professional services to its members.

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SMILE stands for Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries Linkup Event. The event serves as a platform for innovations, business updates and networking.
The Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Trade Show (SMART) the largest travel platform in the Northeastern Caribbean for foreign tour operators, OTA’s to do business with local hoteliers, DMC’s and excursions.
The Crystal Pineapple Awards recognizes Hospitality & Trade personnel, organizations and associations, for their contribution towards the tourism industry, the island’s main economic pillar.

SMILE 2019 slated for October 25 – 26th 2019

The 2019 Sint Maarten Innovations, Initiatives & Industries Link-up Event is scheduled for October 25th and 26th. This was announced by the main organizer, The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), today. The SMILE event was founded in 2018 and...


PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Divi Little Bay Resort Tuesday evening on the theme “Controlling our Destiny” and was fortunate enough to have Jean-Marc Vermot de Boisrolin of Blvd Capital...


PHILIPSBURG–President of St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) Lorraine Talmi and President of the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) Damu Rawtani signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at SHTA’s annual general meeting on Tuesday. “We felt over the...

SMART Crosses 100 Company Landmark

Registrations for the Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) have now exceeded 100 companies, passing by the event’s last two editions in 2015 and 2017. This was announced today by the four organizing partners, L’Association des Hoteliers de...

Dark Clouds Are Gathering Over St. Maarten

More than 18 Months after Irma, recovery projects move forward at a snail’s pace. Should we mention the roof repair program? The Dump? Wreck removal and Clean-up? Contrary to the negative, there are some positive developments, some resorts and hotels remain open and...

SMART Early Bird Season Ending, Appointment Season Starting

As of this week, the Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) will end its Early Bird registration season. In its turn, appointment making will start, ending on May 7th. This will provide participants with a personal meeting’s agenda before...

SHTA and JetBlue provide Masterclass on how to deal with “Active Shooter” Situations

This past Tuesday, the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with JetBlue and Sundial School held a masterclass “How to react when your business is under armed Threat”. There was a special segment specifically on school safety. 60...

First SMART Speakers Announced

The Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART) 2019 is to provide 15 different speakers, workshops and masterclasses, as to assist the Northeastern Caribbean tourism sector with an overview of the latest developments in tourism. Innovations from...

SMART Agreement Officially Signed All Partners French and Dutch Side on Board: Ministers, Tourist Boards, Hospitality Associations

Ministers Stuart Johnson (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) and Valérie Damaseau (Vice President of the Collectivité of Saint-Martin) officially signed the agreement for the fifteenth edition of the Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Regional...


On behalf of our members, and by extension in the interest of the people of St. Maarten, the Board of the SHTA calls upon Parliament, both coalition members as well as the opposition to consider the consequences of their pending actions tomorrow and what will be the...