PHILIPSBURG – The 14th St. Martin/St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART) is slated for May 13-15, 2015 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino where the region comes together once again to support, interact and promote tourism to the Eastern Caribbean.Attendees to last year’s event concurred that it was the best SMART so far and organizers are set on surpassing everyone’s expectations with the upcoming event.

St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association  and the L’Association des Hoteliers de St. Martin in conjunction with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the L’Office du Tourisme de St. Martin are expecting numerous Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Travel Writers, and Event Planners from the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America to return to the island for this important event.

The tradeshow provides a unique opportunity for local and regional hoteliers and activities providers to present their tourism product, network and negotiate prospective business opportunities.  In addition to the pre-organized appointments, throughout the trade show, participants may also set up additional appointments.

SMART 2015 kicks off on Wednesday May 13, 2015 when delegates have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their peers at the Welcome Reception, before a full day of business where participants have set up appointments with travel partners and wholesalers as well as hotel and excursion operations for one-on-one discussions on potential business ventures.

The welcome reception will be hosted around the newly opened five-star Sonesta Ocean Point Resort which is the newest and exclusive addition to the Sonesta Group on St. Maarten. The event will be closed off with an impressive and memorable Farewell Party.

After years of success and progress, in addition to St. Martin/St. Maarten, other islands attending this event now include Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barth’s, Statia, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Barbados. It has become a very significant event for the entire region in recent years, one that should not be missed.

Registration forms and details will be available on the SHTA website or by contacting the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association via email at or by phone at 542-0108, Monday to Friday. (SHTA)

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