Port St. Maarten to represent Destination at Seatrade.  Cruise Recovery vital to Economy



PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten officials and local stakeholders left over the weekend for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to attend Seatrade Cruise Global that is being held at the Broward County Convention Center from March 5-8. The delegation is led by Acting Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Cornelius de Weever.  “It is an honor to lead this entire delegation with the sole objective of promoting St. Maarten and letting everyone know that we are open for business and investments.”

Port officials and local stakeholders, the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SXM Airport, and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, will be attending the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry, and will be sending a strong collective message to cruise partners about the destination.  Seatrade Cruise Global is being held in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

St. Maarten port officials and stakeholders will join the most influential leaders in the cruise world from top cruise line executives, to ship builders and security experts.  Seatrade Cruise Global is the destination where the cruise industry has been coming together for over 30 years.

Port St. Maarten and stakeholders are looking forward to meeting with cruise line executives and other cruise stakeholders during the four-day conference to inform them about current destination cruise recovery and forecasting developments in the port-Irma era. The country’s cruise sector is vital for the destinations economic recovery.

Port officials and local stakeholders will get actionable insights to the cruise industry including critical industry issues currently facing cruise. The aforementioned will be shared in sessions such as the State of the Global Cruise Industry.

One of the roundtable discussions of industry leaders will be addressing growth opportunities and business challenges impacting the cruise industry including the following themes: leading in a time of unprecedented growth; debunking the myths of cruising; the innovation ‘blueprint’; emerging markets for growth; shipbuilding and design; and environmental and sustainability.

Seatrade Cruise Global also brings together buyers and suppliers for the four-day conference and three-day exhibition.  The conference in 2017 brought together more than 11,000 registered attendees, over 700 exhibiting companies from 113 countries and more than 300 international journalists.

Experts, leaders and thought-makers of the cruise industry from the world’s largest cruise companies are the highlight of the conference.

The conference programs offer attendees a comprehensive roster of panel discussions and workshops featuring experts, leaders and thought-makers from the cruise industry.