St. Maarten team ready for key meetings with airlines

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A delegation from St. Maarten is currently attending the 10th Routes Americas conference is Las Vegas and will kick off a series of meeting with airlines, new and potential, for destination St. Maarten.

Routes brings together a range of airlines, airports and tourism authorities, including some of the largest carriers from North, Central and Latin America. This event offers the opportunity to meet with some of the most influential aviation professionals from across the Americas region.

The Routes Americas Strategy Summit along with a welcome reception will be held on Tuesday, followed by key face-to-face meetings and networking on Wednesday. Discussions held at Routes can pave the way for future negotiations to secure additional airlift to the island.

Attending on behalf of St. Maarten is a group from the Princess Juliana International Airport lead by Manager of operations Michel Chance and Manager of Marketing & Customer Service Department Suzy Kartokromo, representatives from the Cabinet of the Minister of Tourism Senior Policy Advisor Julian Lake and Chief of the Cabinet Mellissa Doncher, Tourism/Marketing consultant Rolando Brison and representative of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Marla Chemont.

“We are excited to create new opportunities for the country in collaboration with SXM Airport. It is imperative to listen to the interest of the airlines and find tangible ways to forge new, mutually beneficial business ventures for the destination. It’s very important that we not only create interest to our island through marketing efforts, but create avenues via new or expanded airlift for our guests to come enjoy our beautiful island,” Lake said.

Each year Routes Americas, which is the annual gathering of air service decision makers for the Americas region, attracts the region’s senior decision makers positioning it as the must attend event for all those interested in meeting with the industry’s key players.

In 2017 Routes Americas is expected to attract over 80 airlines, 280 airports and almost 40 tourism authorities along with a number of other industry stakeholders from across the region to discuss air service development.

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