Each year, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and L’Association des Hoteliers de St. Martin (AHSM) in conjunction with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the Saint-Martin Tourism Office organize the largest trade show in the North Eastern Caribbean for Airlines, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Travel Writers, and Event Planners from the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. The tradeshow provides a unique opportunity for local and regional hoteliers, ground handlers and activities providers to present their tourism products, network and negotiate prospective business opportunities.

The event provides 1.5 days of pre-scheduled appointment sessions and activities where these Buyers can meet and conduct business with Suppliers in the tourism industry.

In previous years, SMART featured suppliers from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Maarten-St. Martin.

It has become a very significant event for the entire region in recent years, one that should not be missed.

Last year’s SMART did not take place due to various countries organizing their events at the same time. To prevent this from reoccurring, the organizers took the initiative with the Caribbean Hotel and Trade Association (CHTA) to coordinate Caribbean marketing events to make sure all destinations have the ability to showcase their hospitality and trade.

Registration forms and details will be available on the SHTA website www.shta.com or by contacting the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association via email at office@shta.com or by phone at 542-0108, Monday to Friday.