PHILIPSBURG – On Tuesday February 24th, 2015 His Excellency Eugene B. Holiday paid a working visit to the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association. The working visit of His Excellency is part of his programme to obtain a firsthand view of developments in the community in keeping with his objective to promote Excellence in Governance.

Governor Holiday was welcomed by interim SHTA Board President Lorraine Talmi and Executive Director Anenda Zaandam.  The welcome was followed by an introduction to the Executive Board namely; Mr. Keith Graham – Treasurer, Mr. Ricardo Perez – Secretary and Mr. Paul van Vliet executive board member.  The working visit consisted of a dialogue with the association about the current state of affairs within the SHTA and the Hospitality and Trade sectors. In addition the ‘2015 SHTA New Year Wish list for Government’ was discussed.

During the meeting the SHTA was able to voice the concerns of their members with regard to current legislation, integrity, tax legislation, marketing representation of the island, labor laws and the infrastructure. The SHTA expressed their desire to work closely with the public sector to execute a plan of working ‘smarter not harder’ for the benefit of sustainable living for all on St. Maarten.

The Governor’s visit continued with a tour of the SHTA office and a meet and greet with the staff of the SHTA office. Governor Holiday concluded the visit by thanking the SHTA Board and director for their time, useful input for his various consultations and candor during the meeting and encouraged the association to continue its efforts to strengthen the cooperation between the public and private sector. (SHTA)

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