The L’Association des Hoteliers de St. Martin (AHSM), Saint Martin Tourism Office in conjunction with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) have proudly opened the appointment scheduling of the Sint Maarten / Saint-Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow SMART. The appointments between international tour operators and agents as well as local hoteliers and activity providers are one of the key elements of the annual event.
Over 15 years, SMART has been of service in reinforcing both sides of the island’s economy. Tourism buyers, suppliers, vendors and media take part in appointments. Next to a key moment for Sint Maarten businesses, SMART has always been an important moment for sharing the state of the world of tourism. Amongst others, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), MasterCard, Expedia and AltaVista AG (official Google technology providers for hotels) have confirmed to share their newest insights within workshops. These workshops will be repeated during the day so that visitors have the opportunity to meet with their preferred appointments, as well as learning from the desired lectures.
In previous years, SMART featured suppliers from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Maarten-St. Martin. This year, a former regional challenge of overlapping Caribbean tradeshows was avoided by the four partners involved in SMART organizing a Caribbean wide event agenda as soon as October. As various Caribbean tradeshows collided last year, SMART 2016 was canceled as Puerto Rico and Turks & Caicos tradeshows coincided.
Visitors arriving early can already visit a sneak preview of Sint Maarten / Saint-Martin’s newest attraction of the Rainforest Adventure Park. SMART 2017 kicks off on Wednesday June 14th, 2017 with a magnificent opening party at Westin.
When delegates have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their peers at the Welcome Reception, Then on Thursday June 15th we welcome all delegate to a full day of business where participants have set up appointments with travel partners and wholesalers as well as hotel and excursion operations, afterward all delegate are invite to a magnificent Farewell Party.
Sint Maarten / Saint Martin local creatives made an introduction movie for visitors (https://youtu.be/RAFGr3axPFc). More information on the event can be found at shta.com/SMART. Organizers are happy to answer questions at 5420108 or at SMART@shta.com.