SHTA 10th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards

Voting Online Open!

Philipsburg – The voting period for 10th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards officially opens as of today, October 19th, 2015. This puts YOU in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations you think should be recognized for their outstanding performance in the Hospitality, Tourism and Trade Industry. May it be an excellent employee, an outstanding manager, your favorite chef, bartender or any of the other nominees?

The Crystal Pineapple Award Ceremony, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association’s largest annual event, will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. To date the Awards Gala is the ONLY event on the island that recognizes Hospitality & Trade personnel, organizations and associations for their contribution towards the tourism industry. During the 2015 “Night of the Industry Stars” themed Gala Awards, individuals who are employed in the Hospitality and Trade industry will receive awards in the categories of Accommodations, Restaurants & Bars, Trade, Timeshare, as well the category Outstanding Community Service Achievement, Best Entertainer of the year and Best Customer Service Representative.

The award ceremony will be held on Friday, November 20th, 2015 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. The gala evening includes a sumptuous dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle and much more. This year’s 10 anniversary will also feature some additional surprises to commemorate the Awards Gala Milestone. In addition the SHTA will be commemorating its 45th Anniversary. The festivities have started early with nominees receiving their nomination certificates personally from the Director and Staff of the SHTA. Nominees were surprised at the workplace where they received their certificate, a Pineapple pin to be worn for all to recognize their nomination status, participated in a photoshoot and made a video

“This will be a double celebration for the Association, which should not be missed”, said SHTA. The organizing committee will also be launching a YouTube page to showcase the pictures and videos of the nominees and weekly features of the nominees can be found on the SHTA social pages and the media.

Voting can be done on Simply click on the ‘Crystal Pineapple Awards’ under the ‘Events’ tab on the left hand side of the page and follow the instructions. A link to the voting page has also been placed on the Crystal Pineapple Awards and SHTA Facebook page. The polls will close on Sunday November 15th, 2015 at 12 noon. Remember that your vote can make someone feel like a star that evening.

Tickets for the will be on sale at the SHTA office as of October 28th, 2015 and can be reserved any time during office hours. Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there is limited seating!

The SHTA, the largest business representative on the island, is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail or visit our website