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Island News for Sale

stmaartenlogo4After 22 years of writing and reporting about businesses on StMaarten/StMartin, their wonderful people, advertising their products, events, activities, and satisfying the needs and wants of tourists from all over the globe, I am retiring. As I approach my 75th birthday, it’s time for a younger team to run this business. Here are several featured highlights:

  • is the oldest dedicated StMaarten/StMartin website created in April 1995 with the designator .org when only three existed - .com, .net and .org.
  • Visitors to have included several million tourists from 205 countries including all the Canadian Provinces, and 49 US States. Annually, hundreds of thousands of Travellers visit And since each visitor has a spouse, partner or travel friend, it doubles travellers to our site.
  • Since 1995, our 204 page guide book, The Value Guide of St. Maarten/St. Martin has provided an imaginative and visual glimpse of this wonderful exciting island to tourists from countries around the world. This savvy travelers’ guide overflows with information on hotels, restaurants, duty-free shops, water sports, car rentals, scuba diving, and other activities.
  • In addition, our bimonthly newsletter The StMaarten/StMartin Connection Newsletter which was created in May 1997 has been read by thousands of subscribers.
  • Our Facebook Page, The Best of StMaarten/StMartin, which was created in August 2016, has more than 15,000 Likes/Followers. In addition, our Facebook Page is growing by more than 1,769 new Likes/Followers each month.
  • Our Gift Certificates Guide, Restaurant Guide and Hotel Guide represents hundreds of dollars of potential savings offered by participating St. Maarten/St. Martin businesses as an introduction for travelers to patronize their establishments.
  • Of the millions of Search Engine Listings on the Worldwide Internet, when tourists search for “st. maarten” on any of the World’s Top Search Engines, is usually listed in the third to ninth position on their first page.
  • Sam Fusco, Owner and Managing Director of, is the winner of the 2006/2007 St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association’s Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism and a former Board Member of the St. Maarten/St. Martin American Marketing Association.
  • provides island businesses with visibility to six of the World’s Seven Continents namely Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America & South America.

We are currently entertaining offers of $25,000 and above. Please email Sam Fusco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 1.973.835.0600 for additional information.

Three Receive Royal Decorations


Three persons received royal decorations for their longstanding and continued involvement in the development of the community through training, youth and sports development and medical, emergency care and response. Pinned by Governor Eugene Holiday on the occasion of the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander were Elmora Pantophlet- Aventurin, Theo Liu and Joana  Rijnboutt. All three were decorated as member in the Order of Oranje Nassau at a ceremony held in The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa last week.  “A review of the contributions of these three persons to the St. Maarten community reveals a common thread of reaching out to foster healthy bodies and minds,” the Governor said. “...  They have influenced and as such helped to positively shape the lives of many in our country over a prolonged number of years.

Holland House Gets Green Key Award

hollandhouseHolland House Beach Hotel has been awarded the eco-label Green Key for the first time joining third-time awarded Princess Height Boutique Hotel. This milestone will be marked at a ceremony on June 1, at Holland House, hosted by Environmental Protection in the Caribbean foundation and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association.  The Green key is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable practice within the tourism industry.  A green key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay in a Green Key establishment, they are contributing to making a difference on an environmental level.

Visit Holland House.

Content courtesy of Caribbean Gems.

Travel Show Feature on St.Maarten

thetravelshowMinister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher praised part one of the BBC Travel Show feature on St. Maarten over the weekend as ‘marketing and promotion you cannot buy” and a “terrific marketing opportunity for the island. She urged the public to check out the episode via BBC or when the link to the episode is placed on The BBC Travel Show is Europe’s most-watched travel show, seen by potentially 250 million people around the globe. The 30-minute episode about SXMusic Festival will be broadcast within the next 3-4 weeks to a major portion of the 265 million direct subscribers of the BBC channels that broadcast the show, plus many other affiliates around the world and potentially millions of viewers more across YouTube and social media.

Largest Airlift Conference Ever Held in the Caribbean

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The upcoming 2nd Annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten June 13-15 may be called the most significant and largest airlift conference ever held in the Caribbean. The numbers speak for themselves as thirty highly qualified professionals make thirty presentations spread out over three days.Conference participants are from 28 countries. Airlift is not just an aviation or airline matter.  Its impact is vital for any economy. The number of tourists who are flying to visit a destination determines the overnight stays. The overnight stays are related to how may rooms are occupied, how many restaurants are visited and for how many days cars are rented.  It is therefore that this conference gathers stakeholders from both the aviation and tourism industries.

The conference venue of Caribbean Aviation Meetup is the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.

For more information, visit Caribbean Aviation Meetup.


Increased Numbers for Cruise Passenger Arrivals


A 4.6 per cent growth in cruise passenger arrivals to the country has been reported by port of St. Maarten for January through April. This translated into a total of 833,755 passengers via 324 ship calls. The destination received 796,957 cruise passengers in the same period in 2016. That year ended with the destination receiving close to 1.7 million cruise passengers via 602 ship calls. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recently released its first Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook of 2017 that revealed traveller insights, outlooks and attitudes regarding cruising and land-based travel. Cruise travel is becoming more popular and awareness more favourable among all types of travellers. Of those asked, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) said their overall awareness of cruise vacations has improved within the last two years.

Content Courtesy Caribbean Gems

St.Maarten/St.Martin Number 2 in the Caribbean

tripadvisorTripAdvisor announced this week that St. Maarten/St. Martin has achieved the number two position as a Caribbean destination, and 19th spot worldwide. The sharp increase was the result of a shared St. Maarten Tourist Bureau & St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) campaign that started in 2016.

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice (TC) Awards are based on millions of personal reviews from the world’s most popular travel community. The awards recognize exceptional properties and destinations. Winning the award is achieved by a combination of popularity, comments by visitors and overall ranking on TripAdvisor.


St. Maarten News Highlights courtesy of Caribbean Gems