SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten —About a dozen international aviation and travel journalists will be visiting the island on a media trip organized by the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, from August 11 – 13, 2015. The trip is aimed at bringing more international exposure to developments at the airport, and in particular to its increasing hub function.
“In view of the several international awards SXM Airport has won in recent years, and especially seeing that we are considered the international airport for seven hub partners, management has decided to invite a select group of aviation and travel journalists to visit the island and showcase the airport and the island to their readers and viewers,” said Ms. Regina LaBega, SXM Airport’s managing director.
Ms. LaBega disclosed that a group of stakeholders, including representatives of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the Tourist Office in Marigot, met recently to discuss matters related to the media trip and work on the program of activities for the visiting journalists. Ms. Suzy Kartokromo, acting manager of SXM Airport’s Marketing and Customer Service Department, chaired the meeting.
“Of course, our own local media will play an active role in the media trip, networking with their foreign colleagues and having full access to all relevant information concerning developments at the airport,” Ms. LaBega added.
Among the visiting journalists, who are mostly drawn from the US, Canada and the UK, are editors of prestigious aviation and travel publications and contributors to networks such as CNN, ABC, NBC, CBC, BBC, and FOX. Two of the journalists are also professional pilots.