A delegation from the Sint Maarten Tourist Bureau who attended the Cruise Shipping Conference in Miami recently are proud to report that the destination was awarded by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2011 Editor-In-Chief Award for Best Caribbean Island.
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Honourable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, Franklin Meyers, said he was very pleased of the recognition received and pointed out that it was due to the hard work and dedication of all those working in the tourism sector that the destination was able to reap such an award.
"Sint Maarten is very honoured to have been awarded Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Award twice for Best Caribbean Island," stated Regina LaBega, Director of Tourism. "It is our tourism partners and the people in the industry who made this happen. Congratulations!"
In 2009 the destination was also recipient of the aforementioned award.
Bill Panoff publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine stated the following regarding the Porthole award:
"As perhaps one of the first Caribbean islands that new cruisers might call on, as well as a classic stop for repeat travellers, Sint Maarten is the quintessential tropical paradise."
He adds, "Besides its natural beauty, the island offers everything a cruise passenger could want, from shopping to water sports to island history. I’m certain cruisers who visit will want to return – as they should."