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Dutch Travel Agents and Tour Operators arrive for Carnival Fam Trip

travelagents25042017SIMPSON BAY:---- On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Dutch travel agents and tour operators arrived on the island on their Carnival Fam Trip coordinated by Le Beau Reizen and 721 Hub Marketing.
Sponsors for the trip are Port St. Maarten, SXM Airport, West Dawn Beach Resort, Daytona Tours, Artemia, Maduro Travel, St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, Layback Bar & Grill, KLM, Saba Tourist Office, and the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Organization. The main sponsors are Port St. Maarten, SXM Airport and KLM.
The group will visit the Festival Village to get a sample experience of what Carnival is all about besides attending other events and the grand parade.
On Wednesday the Dutch travel agents will take an island tour and have lunch at the Lolos in Grand Case. Their visit will be filled with activities during the coming days including viewing J’Ouvert Jump Up and attending other Carnival events at the Festival Village during their stay on the Friendly Island.
The trip also entails a visit to the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius who are also part of the fam trip.
The travel agents will carry out site inspections at several hotel properties allowing the aforementioned to view and inspect the facilities and amenities offered that are visited by tourists on an annual basis.
The Carnival Fam Trip ends on May 3 when the travel agents and tour operators return to the Netherlands.
The idea for the fam trip came out of the Dutch Vakantie Beurs Utrecht in January.
Port St. Maarten in collaboration with SXM Airport and local stakeholders attended the 47th edition of the Dutch Vakantie Beurs Utrecht (Tourism and Leisure Fair), considered the trade show for the Dutch travel industry, back in January, as part of a campaign to promote the destination in Europe.
The Vakantie Beurs takes place every January at the Convention Center in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
Port St. Maarten took the lead several years ago, and once again it did in January 2017 to make sure that the destination had representation at the trade show in the Netherlands in order to promote and drive business to the island from the Dutch and European market.
The objective of the port is to make sure that there is a niche in the Dutch travel market for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which takes place in March and Carnival in April. Port St. Maarten feels that the Dutch travel sector should not be underestimated and the current fam trip is an investment paying off for the destination. The port and SXM Airport supported each other at the 2017 fair.
Port St. Maarten has committed itself to attend five editions of the trade fair over the next few years. The objective is to connect with luxury cruise lines in order to further expand the cruise sector with passengers who have a higher disposable income and spend more while visiting a destination.
Port St. Maarten is moving full speed ahead in establishing itself as a homeport destination in the north eastern Caribbean catering to small and medium size vessels as well as the high-end market of the luxury cruise sector. The homeporting business will translate into a significant positive impact on the country’s economy with spinoffs to the majority of business sectors including attracting additional airlift which is also part and parcel in developing homeporting.
More Dutch travelers are becoming aware of cruises, and the St. Maarten cruise brand is the largest and most developed cruise port in the Dutch Kingdom.

Navigator of the Seas Crew member missing on Bonaire --- Police seeking public assistance.

missingcrewmember25042017Bonaire:--- Police is looking for a missing crew member of the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas. She was last seen on April 20th leaving the cruise ship. The missing crew member has been identified as Adriana Morales de Florencio born in Mexico on June 4, 1993.

Meanwhile, more than 4 days have elapsed that the woman of Mexican nationality left the Navigator of the Seas cruise ship and that she is missing. Information that the police has is that she went into Kralendijk after she got off the ship. There are indications that this is not a case of someone who has deliberately left the ship for good.

As announced in a previous KPCN message: when she left the ship she had a black tank top, short jeans pants, and black flat shoes. She has long black hair and a slender posture.
The police is asking the community for help. If you know anything about this woman or if you have seen her, please contact KPCN at phone number 717-8000 / 715-8000 or the anonymous telephone line of the police 717-7251.

Government of St. Eustatius responds to Minister Plasterk.

St. Eustatius:--- The island government of St. Eustatius dispatched a letter to the Minister of Interior and Kingdom Affairs Ronald Plasterk informing him that the Kingdom violated the United Nations Charter and its resolutions. The letter dated April 25th, 2017 states that the island government of St. Eustatius have taken note “Plasterk’s” undated letter he sent to the Chairman of the Executive Council. The letter from Plasterk is a response of the letter sent by Clyde Van Putten to Prime Minister Mark Rutte on April 17th, 2017 informing him of the stance the government of Statia took with regards to their status of self-government within the Kingdom.
The letter states that recently the Charter of the Kingdom was tested against the charter of the United Nations (UN Charter) based on a ruling of the Supreme Court o April 13th, 2012.

Click here to read full context of the letter to Minister Ronald Plasterk

Warning: stolen cigarettes offered

PHILIPSBURG:--- Last week, Wednesday, April 19, a container filled with cigarettes was stolen from International Liquors and Tobacco (ILTT) at the Harbour in Pointe Blanche. The Police Force of Sint Maarten is hereby warning the public, all supermarket owners and other stakeholders to only buy cartons of cigarettes from officially known distributors.
Buying stolen goods is a criminal offense by law (Article 2:397 of the Penal Code) and can result in imprisonment of up to a maximum of six years or a very hefty fine. The police advise you not to buy stolen goods, you don’t want to commit a criminal offense or reward criminal behavior.
The investigation is still ongoing. The Police Force of Sint Maarten urges anyone in the public who has information regarding the stolen container to come forward and help us fight crime
The Police Force can be contacted by calling the official anonymous tip-line 9300 (a free call) or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These tips are treated confidentially by the Criminal Intelligence Department (CID), with guarantee that all information presented will be handled strictly anonymously. Please help us combat crime.

KPSM Press Release

Section Economic Control takes action against noise nuisance. Revocation of licenses for those who don’t comply

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Section Economic Control Inspection Service of the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), has carried out a number of controls of business establishments such as bars in various neighborhoods regarding the level of music.

Businesses have been advised that they must comply with the regulations and laws as stipulated in their licenses and permits.

Those who do not comply, the department will be forced to issue fines and warnings with the final measure being the revoking of licenses and permits by the Minster of TEATT.

The law allows for businesses to have music up to a maximum decibel level. A decibel is a unit of measurement that indicates how loud a sound is.

Humans can hear sounds between 0 and 140 decibels. Zero decibels does not mean that there is no sound, merely that we cannot hear it. Zero decibel is the so-called hearing threshold for the human ear.

One can hear more than 140 decibels, but it is too painful for the ears and if you expose yourself to such a loud noise, you are at extremely high risk of permanent damage to your hearing.

Section Economic Control has received a number of complaints especially in built up areas, and is addressing these with the establishments by suggesting to them how to mitigate the sound issues, and for them to abide by what is stated in their permits.

Section Economic Control will continue to carry out regular controls of establishments with respect to noise nuisance.

Section Economic Control is located at Cannegieter Street #23 downstairs, next to Sister Borgia School in Philipsburg.

Any businesses requiring information can call 542-5641 or 542-4509 during office hours for any queries that you may have. The department may also be contacted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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