The 8th Annual SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraiser is officially opening its nominations period. Businesses and the general public are invited to submit their nominations. As with the previous years, the criteria for each category and the nomination procedures have been digitized and placed on the newly re-vamped SHTA website The nomination period starts TODAY, Monday September 30th and closes on Monday October 21st, 2013.

Nominations can be put forward and, once they pass the initial screening, between three to five candidates per subcategory will be presented to the general public for voting. The three categories are: Accommodations (Hotels, Timeshares and Rentals) with 4 subcategories; Restaurants with 3 subcategories; and Community Services. In addition, nominations may also be presented for the non-voting categories, however, these will be decided on by the Selection Committee. Based on the various categories and subcategories, we look forward to have as many as 90 individuals and/or organizations being recognized for their excellence, service and outstanding performance in the tourism industry.

The Organizing Committee is appealing to the community of St. Maarten to nominate their candidate as soon as the nomination period opens today. Individuals, who have been nominated in previous years, can be put forward again this year. We kindly request that you motivate why you would like to nominate a particular individual or organization, make sure you let them shine. The submitted nominations along with the motivation are deciding factors in combination with the results of the voting. SHTA will once again have the support of Price Waterhouse Coopers for auditing the voting process.

SHTA encourages the community to visit us on Facebook: “Crystal Pineapple Awards” or on our website For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail:

Please click below to view the Nominations Categories: