Pictured (left to right): Denis Heron, Radisson St. Martin; Lou Peters, St. Maarten Tourist Board; Raul Max Brown, Mary’s Boon; Oscar Paez, Hotel Beach Plaza and Le Flamboyant; Bonnie Hanley, Divi Little Bay; Sharon Bennet, Orient Beach Hotels; Alan Sloane, Orient Beach Hotels; Dominique DeBay, Le Domaine; Cyndi Miller-Aird, St. Maarten/St. Martin Tourist Office; Aida Weinum, Office de Tourisme St. Martin.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 27, 2010) – Representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the South Florida Chapter of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) sponsored a travel agent dinner event and presentation highlighting St. Maarten/St. Martin at the Tropical Acres Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 27, 2010.

Eighty travel agents and 10 hotel representatives participated including: Mary’s Boon, Divi Little Bay, The Moorings Yacht Charters in Oyster Bay, Radisson St. Martin, Orient Beach Hotels, Grand Case Beach Club, Le Domaine, Beach Plaza Hotel and Le Flamboyant.

Representatives from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau provided agents with a comprehensive presentation about the destination.  Additionally, agents had the opportunity to network with island hoteliers.

During the week-long sales blitz in Florida, the St. Maarten sales team also met with representatives from all of the major tour operators that are based in Florida including Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity.

The sales blitz reached more than 300 agents in all and included a St. Maarten travel agent seminar in Naples, Florida on April 26th with top producers from the West Coast of Florida.  Presentations were given at the Go Go Worldwide Vacations offices in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.  The hoteliers also participated in Sun Coast Travel Association Tradeshow in Tampa and hosted a dinner meeting for the Orlando and Daytona Beach Chapters of the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) which is the leading travel agency association for home based travel agents.