Aviation conference will return to St.Maarten in 2018



AIRPORT, SINT MAARTEN — The 3rd Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference will again be held on St.Maarten in June 12-14, 2018, provided that the appropriate conference facilities are available.

“In a time like this, it is important to show our loyalty to Princess Juliana International Airport and to the community of St.Maarten,” commented Cdr. Bud Slabbaert, Chairman and Coordinator of the Conference. “After hurricane Irma, we received many inquiries from participants and speakers of this year’s event, expressing their sympathy and concern for St.Maarten.  They all like to return to the island for another Meetup in 2018 and are offering their support and cooperation.  Holding the conference in June will show the international airlift stakeholders, which include members of the aviation, tourism and investment industries that St.Maarten was able to successfully master the difficult challenges and is open for business.”

The three-day 2018 Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference will feature 40 international expert speakers from The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Luxemburg, Malta, Puerto Rico, St.Barth, St.Maarten, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, and US Virgin Islands. The presentations will cover subjects from the use of helicopters and drones in the region to development of eco and luxury tourism, from aircraft registration and financing to airport operations, and many other topics related aviation and tourism.

The annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup differs from most other conferences, because it puts the emphasis on experience exchange, interaction and participation, rather than on listening to speakers’ or company’s achievements. It is the perfect opportunity for face-to-face business discussions and comprehensive group opinion exchanges on sector-specific topics. The result is a proactive platform upon which successful networking can be built. It provides impulses for new business developments and industry investments. It accommodates a new attitude towards positive development and impact of airlift.  (www.caribavia.com).