Philipsburg – The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association is excited to announce that the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino will be the host of the 2016 Crystal Pineapple Awards held on Saturday November 19th . We sincerely appreciate the fact that the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino could once again accommodate our event. Throughout the years we have enjoyed a wonderful collaboration with the resort and have been able to count on the assistance of their entire team in ensuring that the event is success.

“Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is proud to play host to this year’s Crystal Pineapple Awards for the 11th year in a row. It’s an honor to collaborate yet again with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association to recognize individuals and entities in hospitality that have made significant contributions to our island’s tourism industry. The resort’s spectacular beachfront location is the perfect setting to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this year’s award recipients” says Eliska Hesova, Director of Business Development at the Sonesta Resort St. Maarten.

The Crystal Pineapple Award Gala is the only event on the island that recognizes Hospitality & Trade personnel, organizations and associations for their contribution towards their outstanding performance during the year. Individuals who are employed in the Hospitality and Trade industry can receive awards in the categories of Accommodations, Restaurants & Bar and Trade as well the Outstanding Community Service Achievement.

Tickets for the Crystal Pineapple Awards are on sale for $150 dollars and can be purchased at the SHTA office on the Pond fill. Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there are 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

About Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, with its all-inclusive meals, drinks, kid’s club and scheduled activities program, is a “destination within a destination”, offering exciting nightlife, a variety of accommodations and first-rate amenities for singles, couples and families.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
The Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is the premier five-star, all-suite property in St. Maarten, bringing a new brand of style, luxury and outstanding service set on the most spectacular location on the southernmost point of the island, adjacent to the legendary and iconic Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. Exclusive amenities to Sonesta Ocean Point guests include The Edge infinity pool with private beach on the cliff, Swim Out pool connected to its namesake suites, and The Point Pool; three bars and lounges including the Sunset Lounge & Bar, Azul Rooftop Bar for private functions, and the contemporary lobby café and bar Martin’s; the Mediterranean-influenced Azul restaurant; an in-resort boutique; and other exclusivities such as 24-hour room service, intimate gazebos, private cabanas, a dedicated open air wellness area and an on property organic garden. Call 800-SONESTA (223-0757) or visit



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