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Major St Maarten Shopping Initiative Planned

travelatw.com photoOfficials from the St. Maarten Island Government and LIAT, THE Caribbean Airline met on Friday 30th September and agreed on a plan of action to promote St. Maarten’s role as a major eastern Caribbean shopping destination.

The St. Maarten team was led by the Hon. Franklin Meyers Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications, and included Secretary General in that Ministry Mr. Miguel de Weever; Ms. May-Ling Chun Director of Tourism; and other senior representatives from the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and the Chamber of Commerce.

The LIAT team included Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Brian Challenger; the Directors of Ground Operations and Cargo & Quikpak; as well as representatives from the Company’s Commercial Office and the LIAT St. Maarten airport office.

Both sides agreed on development of a travel and shopping incentive package that would be aimed at lowering the cost of shopping in St. Maarten for regional travellers including reduced air fares and discounted shopping in St. Maarten, as well as options for discounts in other areas such as car rentals, hotel accommodation and restaurants.


Minister Meyers indicated his administration’s commitment to the initiative which he noted came at an opportune time and would be targeted at the pre-Christmas shopper in the first instance with the possibility of extending the programme to other periods as well.

The LIAT CEO noted that the initiative flowed from the recent Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) State of the Industry Conference in St. Maarten which had identified the need for promoting inter-regional travel and the importance of forging strategic partnerships in this regard.

The officials from St. Maarten and LIAT agreed to meet in a few days time to finalise the mechanics of the programme.


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Why not shop in Antigua?

#7 Tired » 2012-09-24 14:04

The same way people are flying to St Maarten to shop, the same way they could be coming to Antigua to Shop, when is someone going to build a shopping mall here instead of more hotels, that are empty 60% of the time. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to buy what you want right here on your home ground, instead of having to ship and pay duty all the time.
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What about LIAT

#6 Wander Woman » 2011-11-05 07:24

With only Antigua, St.Vincent, and Barbados contributing to LIAT, I wonder why negotiations would not include requiring investment from countries who benefit from LIAT service. Clearly an entire initiative that is focused on making Shopping in St. Marten easier, demonstrates how much value there is in the regional market.
I agree with the above contributors....shop ping in st. marten is one thing, but what happens when you return home with your new wares ...baggage fees, weight restrictions and customs charges. Shopping abroad is becoming more and more inconvenient and unpleasant, not to mention expensive.
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Amazing

#5 P. Tree » 2011-10-04 13:09

Whats amazing is that since 2009, this administration has seemingly only found jobs for Chinese and Cuban workers. The seemingly only Antigua worker project (fencing sports grounds), turned out to be a ridiculous scandal.

Shame, shame, shame!
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RE: Major St Maarten Shopping Initiative Planned

#4 local foriegner » 2011-10-04 10:45

well our government not planning any of that P.tree........... they going let CUSTOMS tek it out a all de shoppers them when they land their purchases...........
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RE: Major St Maarten Shopping Initiative Planned

#3 purcell » 2011-10-04 08:59

@ p.tree well said only in antigua
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Good shopping initiative

#2 Dig It » 2011-10-04 08:59

My best wishes to all stakeholders involved in this shopping intiative package in St. Maarteen! It is ALWAYS good to see collaborative efforts, especially, when it is "lowering the cost" of shopping in St. Maarteen, and reducing fares with the airline and hotels, so other folks in Antigua and the region could afford to have enough monies in their pockets to shop and pump as much monies into the island's economy! It just makes economical sense, at a time, when the cost of living is growing beyond control, making lives for many too hard to cope! In Antigua, we need similar inititives to not only get visitors to spend but locals as well! I just that ALL stakeholders in Tourism is watching, and get the ball rolling! Let's us put "creativity" to action!
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????

#1 P. Tree » 2011-10-04 07:13

The St. Maarten Government and we airline planning a St. Maarten Shopping Initiative.

What is the Antigua Government planning....a new set of price increases, more taxes.....why can't we Government be thinking like St. Maarten....proactive ly that it is.....
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