St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Promotes the Destination at 2024 CLIA360 Cruise Conference

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Destination St. Maarten/St. Martin was well represented by St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2024. At this year’s convention, STB, represented by Cherinah Franken – Head Product Development & Visitor Relations and Rosette Generlette-Pantophlet, Secretary & Product Development Assistant, hosted an interactive and informative workshop for 100+ travel agents, eagerly anticipating poignant selling points to promote destination St. Maarten among their customers and associates.
Themed “EXPERIENCE Sweet St. Maarten/St. Martin,” this immersive workshop was facilitated by IMBRACE Group’s CEO, Jacqueline Louis, with supporting performances by Funtopia’s cultural ambassadors.
All core aspects of St. Maarten’s tourism products were passionately shared to conference attendees through a multi-sensory presentation. This included using vibrant visuals, rythmic local music, cultural singing and dancing, along with a sweet and savory taste of Colombier Guavaberry and tarts. Strategically designed to awaken the minds, souls, hearts and spirits of all participants, compelling information regarding destination St. Maarten was uniquely intertwined. The details ranged from the local history, geography, culture, ecology – including beaches and St. Maarten’s diverse landscapes, agriculture and adventures, to cruise ports, hotels, restaurants, transportation, events and activities, as well as the countless sites to see, things to do and places to go on the island.
Furthermore, STB’s participation included an onsite display booth which showcased the destination to thousands of Conference attendees at the Broward/Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Direct one-on-one interactions and ongoing networking also served to promote St. Maarten by providing pertinent information to busloads of inquisitive participants.
Working seamlessly together, Team St. Maarten successfully achieved the desired objectives, which included raising awareness and inciting the desires of travel agents to personally visit and explore destination St. Maarten. Many Conference attendees expressed their inspiration and enthusiasm to keep the island top of mind by encouraging CLIA’s wide-ranging global membership and their respective customer bases to vacation on the island.
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