Crystal Pineapple Award Fundraising Gala

November 23rd, 2019
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Calendar 2019

St. Maarten National Events Calendar


SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 25th – 26th, 2019

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.

Contact us for more information on how you can benefit from being a member of the SHTA, call our office at +1-721-542-0108 or email us at

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.

The Crystal Pineapple Awards Gala Makes Grand Comeback

This Saturday, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa hosted the 12th SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala.  The Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA) is the only event on the island that recognizes excellence in Hospitality & Trade...

Last Voting Day Crystal Pineapple Awards Commences

Thursday November 21st, 2019 is the last chance to cast your votes for the 11 voting categories for the 12th Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA), to be held this Saturday 23rd 2019 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino . Voting stops at 3PM sharp on Thursday...

“Future” To be theme of upcoming Crystal Pineapple Awards Edition

The theme chosen for the 12th Crystal Pineapple Awards will be “Future” announced today the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). By choosing this theme, the SHTA wants to engage in positive thinking about opportunities and outlooks for the island as...

SHTA 12th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Voting Online Open November 1st!

The voting period for the 12th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards will officially open on November 1st, 2019 at 9am. This puts you in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations you think should be recognized for their outstanding performance in...


After the recently added extra masterclass of Terry Jones on the future of tourism, visitors of the Sint Maarten Innovations, Initiatives & Industries Link-Up Event have received the final schedule in their SMILE-App. Yesterday, the amount of subscriptions...

Founder Travelocity to do Extra SMILE Masterclass: Future of Tourism

Terry Jones, the Founder of Travelocity and investor, will do an extra Masterclass during the Sint Maarten Innovations, Initiatives and Industries Link-up Event (SMILE). In addition to his speech on entrepreneurship and startups, Jones will add his internationally...


SHTA in cooperation with Carib Beer are excited to announce their 2020 national event calendar. As the country is still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season, the calendar is more relevant than ever to show that Sint Maarten is still alive and vibrant with many...

John A.M. Sandiford to be Master of Ceremonies at SMILE 2019

Digital & Creative Entrepreneur, John A.M. Sandiford will be the Master of Ceremonies of this year’s SMILE event on October 25th and 26th. In addition to his opening speech and moderation, he will inform the public on an application devised by his...

Changes to Accepted Payment Methods Have Negative Consequences

The business community on Sint Maarten is very much concerned with the decision by Management of The Receiver to eliminate the use of all checks as a means of payment. Like it or not, St. Maarten’s predominant tool for financial exchange is still a paper check. ...

Country Before Self, Transparency, Integrity, Objective Financial Evaluation Should Be The Name Of The Game

Over the past months we have seen on the printed local and social media debates, comments, opinions and partial information on 3 major topics: Financing of the airport, U.S. Pre-clearance and lately the potential privatization of the Ports operation. SHTA as the...