Early Bird ticket season for the Saint Martin / Sint Maarten Annual Trade Show (SMART) 2019 edition (May 21st – May 23d) has officially started as of today. This was announced by the event’s key organizers Office du Tourisme de Saint Martin, Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau, L’Association des Hoteliers de Saint Martin (AHSM) and the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA).
Early Bird Season will run until the month of April and allows foreign tour operators, local tourism and non-tourism businesses alike to purchase access passes to what is traditionally the largest tradeshow of the Northeastern Caribbean. Amongst others, this year’s event will include more innovation, experiences, local businesses, added trainings, a new topic of “mystery dinners” and a vendor street.
SMART’s 15th edition has been in the making for quite some time. Key partners abroad and domestic have been notified that this jubilee edition is to take place. All four partners are committed to show the destination is back in business after the effects of the 2017 hurricane season.
For its comeback edition, organizers chose a new logo, look and approach befitting the renewed mission of the event – providing insights in hospitality and business innovations available, in addition to the traditional business meetings taking place. Its ambition is to involve even more Saint Martin / Sint Maarten local businesses, both tourism and non-tourism, than it did in its previous 14 editions.
The largest SMART thus far will consist of 3 days of inspiring innovative masterclasses, workshops, activities, festivities and business to business appointments. The event will kick off on Tuesday 21st May 2019 with a unique opening ceremony. After two days of conferences including a “mystery dinner tour” in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, a spectacular farewell event will end SMART’s 15th edition.
The organizing partners are expecting numerous Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Travel Writers and Event Planners from the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to attend this important event.
In previous years, SMART featured regional businesses from Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Maarten-St. Martin.