Philipsburg — The SHTA is enthusiastic to announce the entertainment for the 11th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala. The entertainment will be provided by The EntertainmentEbony Steel Orchestra, the TelCell Breakthrough winners and DJ Ecedro Richardson. The Master of Ceremonies will be no other than Mr. Gee Money. The Award Ceremony is scheduled to be held on Saturday November 19th, 2016 at Sonesta Maho Resort & Casino at 7pm.

As this year’s theme for the Crystal Pineapple Awards is “Branding St. Maarten”, what better way to showcase this with the mesmerizing sounds of Dow’s Youth Steel Orchestra.  Having this festive music will bring a new feeling and atmosphere to the event. In addition, there will be performances by the TelCell Breakthrough winners. Once again these individuals will be able illustrate to the public their amazing talents. Being able to support and bring exposure to our local talent is a great opportunity that SHTA thrives to be a part of. The two performers who will be performing are Kevin Lambert and Diandra Marlin. These talented locals both won in their categories for the TelCell Breakthrough competition.

The Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala is the only event on the island that recognizes Hospitality & Trade personnel, organizations and associations, for their contribution towards the tourism industry. The SHTA will be pulling out all the stops to highlight those persons within the industry who deserve to be honored. The gala evening also includes a sumptuous dinner, a silent auction and much more.

The voting polls is now closed. Please note that the ​​​final selection of winners is based on the outcome of popular votes and CPA committee review. Visit and for pictures and videos of all the nominees.

TICKETS are available at the SHTA office any time during office hours 8am – 5pm for the Award Gala. There are only a few tables left!

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

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