Sonesta Maho to host 2016 Crystal Pineapple Awards


PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) is excited to announce that the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino will be the host of the 2016 Crystal Pineapple Awards.

“We sincerely appreciate the fact that the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino could once again accommodate our event. Throughout the years we have enjoyed a wonderful collaboration with the resort and have been able to count on the assistance of their entire team in ensuring that the event is success,” SHTA said in a statement.

“Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is proud to play host to this year’s Crystal Pineapple Awards for the 11th year in a row. It’s an honor to collaborate yet again with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association to recognize individuals and entities in hospitality that have made significant contributions to our island’s tourism industry. The resort’s spectacular beachfront location is the perfect setting to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this year’s award recipients,” said Director of Business Development at the Sonesta Resort St. Maarten Eliska Hesova.

The Crystal Pineapple Award Gala is the only event on the island that recognizes Hospitality and Trade personnel, organizations and associations for their contribution towards their outstanding performance during the year. Individuals who are employed in the Hospitality and Trade industry can receive awards in the categories of Accommodations, Restaurants and Bar and Trade as well the Outstanding Community Service Achievement.

Tickets for the Crystal Pineapple Awards are on sale for $150 dollars and can be purchased at the SHTA office on the Pond fill. “Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there are limited seating!” the release said.

The SHTA, the largest business representative on the island, is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information, contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail or visit their website

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, with its all-inclusive meals, drinks, kid’s club and scheduled activities program, is a “destination within a destination,” offering exciting nightlife, a variety of accommodations and first-rate amenities for singles, couples and families.