SCDF members promoting St. Maarten Carnival abroad

Caption: Past-President and current SCDF member Gina Illidge (center) represented the SCDF and, by extension St. Maarten, during Aruba’s 2017 Carnival festivities. She is pictured here with Shannon Henriquez (third from right) President of SMAC (Stichting Maneho di Aruba su Carnaval) and members of Aruba’s Carnival foundation Caption: Past-President and current SCDF member Gina Illidge (center) represented the SCDF and, by extension St. Maarten, during Aruba’s 2017 Carnival festivities. She is pictured here with Shannon Henriquez (third from right) President of SMAC (Stichting Maneho di Aruba su Carnaval) and members of Aruba’s Carnival foundation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has dispatched some of its members throughout the region to promote St. Maarten Carnival during the Carnival festivities on those specific islands.

Over the past few years the foundation has increased its presence on specific islands which has results in an increase visitor’s numbers from the region to the festival. Aruba and Curacao remain the at the top of the list of visitors to St. Maarten for Carnival. Carnival lovers from St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Barbados also rank high in the numbers.

The SCDF had put a concerted effort into increasing regional numbers as these visitors understand and embrace the Carnival culture.

The foundation has or had representation in Curacao, Aruba and Trinidad for this Carnival cycle.

It also combined those efforts with targeted online marketing in Miami, Atlanta, the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and Boston. “When our members travel they reach out to the Carnival organizations in those countries as a sign of respect and to seek working ties and exchange ideas,” the SCDF said.

“They then get lots of opportunities to promote St. Maarten Carnival on radio and various mediums, encouraging Carnival lovers from those destinations to join our fete. The results have been great over the past few years and we are eager to build and expand on these relationships as St. Maarten carnival continues to grow in the region and beyond. This is part of our development and a major festival,” the foundation added.

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