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SXM Smile Again

On September 6th, Saint Martin lived through one of the worst natural disasters of its history with the passage of monster hurricane Irma, whose strength and violence were never recorded before.

Our tourism industry has been seriously shaken. Although the rebuilding will take time, one month after, we are pleased to say that there are clear signs of recovery.

The Collectivity of Saint Martin, the French Government and local and international relief agencies are working together to ensure a full recovery as soon as possible.

- The road infrastructure and beaches have been cleared and cleaned and 2 of our beautiful beaches have received the agreement of the local health agency for swimming.
- Electricity has been restored in 88 % of households and we are expecting a full recovery by the end of the month.
- Water and telecommunications are back.
- The hospital has remained open all throughout this ordeal. All consultations have resumed and the health department has reported 0 outbreaks to this date.
- Grocery stores and gas stations are provisioned.
- Grand Case International Airport is open since September 23rd giving us access to the rest of the Caribbean, the US and Europe with flights via Pointe-à-Pitre with Air Antilles Express and Air Caraibes.
- PJIAE – Princess Juliana Airport is opened since October 10th with flights from Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Seaborne, Pawa Dominicana and Winair.
- Many restaurants, bars and businesses have reopened doors.
- Many restaurants in our dining capital Grand Case are working very hard towards the rebuilding and reopening of their establishments to receive the first clients at the beginning of 2018.
- The Tourism Office is also in discussion with the organizers of the SXM Festival for its 3rd edition in 2018.
- Where the hotel Industry is concerned, we are expecting a soft opening in April 2018 and all efforts are being put in place to have a normal 2018 – 2019 Tourist Season.
- Almost all our guest houses suffered minor damages so are already fully operational.

The full extent of the damages sustained is still being assessed, however, we will update you as the information becomes available on: - Our website www.st-martin.org
- Our facebook page Destination Saint-Martin The Friendly Island.

Many of you have expressed the wish to help us by donating. We are in the process of creating a fund who will enable us to create and support local events in order to redevelop the awareness, the notoriety and the attractivity of our territory. This information will soon be available on our website homepage.

I also want to take this opportunity to apologize for not informing you before but all of efforts were to insure the security and well being of the population of Saint-Martin all these last weeks.

Nevertheless, to you our friends around the globe, to you our repeat guests and faithful visitors, to the St. Martin lovers, to all those that have send us and showed us their support, whether it was a message, a post on Facebook, by sending supplies and water; for that St. Martin will be forever grateful for what you have done.

It is not only our pride and strength that helped us to believe in tomorrow but also your great support, so thank you. Rest assured that St. Martin is working hard on the sustainable reconstruction of the island.

St. Martin is smiling again!
St. Martin will rise again and it’s already on its way. Thank you!

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Valerie Damaseau
1st Vice President of French St Martin Territorial Council
President of the Tourist Office.

Smile at life!

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Next edition of SXM Festival planned for 2019.

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Join us as we say "Welcome back!" to the birds that travel thousands of miles to come to St. Martin each year, and the habitats that are recovering from Hurricane Irma. It's free and fun, 9am to noon on Saturday, November 25th at Kali's Beach Bar in Friar's Bay

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On November 12th, 2017, the Crystal Esprit ship of the Cruise company Crystal Cruises made its first departure from the Port of Galisbay. Visit their website to book your dream week in the Caribbean departing from Saint-Martin.

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2017 Heritage Photo Contest
What does REBIRTH look like to you? Share your vision by entering in the 2017 Heritage Photo Contest. It's free to enter!

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Festival des Oiseaux Migrateurs

Migratory Bird Festival 2017

Join us as we say "Welcome back!" to the birds that travel thousands of miles to come to St. Martin each year, and the habitats that are recovering from Hurricane Irma. It's free and fun, 9am to noon on Saturday, November 25th at Kali's Beach Bar in Friar's Bay.

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Transport Network Info

From Grand-Case International Airport • Air Antilles Express: 4 daily flights from and to Pointe-à-Pitre
• Air Caraibes: 4 daily flights from and to Pointe-à-Pitre
• Air France: Daily flights from and to Paris Orly ORY via Pointe-à-Pitre
• St-Barth Commuter: Daily flights from and to St-Barth

From Juliana International Airport PJIAE • Delta Airlines, Pawa Dominicana, Seaborne, Winair flights
• American Airlines : daily flights from and to Miami
• KLM: 2 flights per week from and to Amsterdam (return via Curacao)

Maritime connections between Saint-Martin and St-Barth with Le Voyager

Cruise ship Viking Sea will make the first post Irma commercial cruise call to St maarten on Monday December 4th!

St-Martin on the move

Restaurants & bars open • La main à la pâte
• La pizzeria
• You and Me
• Mousse
• Yatch Club
• La Terrasse
• Le davinci, Bellevue
• La villa, Grand Case
• Burger 12

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• SXM SURF EXPLORER Nov 18
• Boat Paint Stuff Opened Sandy Ground bridge Everyday 8-12 All materials for repairing boats Details: www.boatpaintstuff.com
• Marina Fort Louis. By November 15th 2017, Marina Fort-Louis will have reopened most of its docks to give you bridge-free EASY access to our lovely capital, Marigot. You’ll be happy to see that its rich culture, authentic Franco-Caribbean charm and friendly residents are still there and READY to offer a true Caribbean experience that only Saint-Martin can deliver. Contact us today: info@marinafortlouis.com • Tel. +590 690 66 05 32 Details: www.marinafortlouis.com
• Caribbean Paddling Cul de Sac Opened Details: www.caribbeanpaddling.com
• LIFE RAFTS ETC. Opened
• TOBY SARL Opened
• WINDY REEF WINDSURF CENTER / SXM WATERBOYS SURF CLUB Dec 2017
• Ski Nautique Club Caraibes Jan 2018
• Mancel Opened
• PREMIUM MARINE GAS Anse Marcel Marina Opened re openning TODAY !! We are open from 7:00 am to 1 pm every day Phone : 0690 77 00 87 Sales : Muriel 0690 22 00 10 • PRIVATE YACHT CHARTER Opened Great news! We are back in business! After a nice new bottom paint, we launched Nirvana back in the water last Monday and gave her a good clean! We are ready to welcome you with a big smile, a nice cocktail and to give you an experience of a lifetime! Same quality, same service! Nirvana is temporarily located at Bobby’s marina in Philipsburg. We do not have an office yet but we are reachable by both phone and email. Contact us for questions, bookings, island status updates or just to have a little chat. Call us on +1 (721) 581-5305 or email us at piesxm@gmail.com - Team of Private Yacht Charter
• CADISCO Opened
• CARAIBES DIESEL SERVICES Opened It is with high pleasure that we announce that we are once again fully operational. We have moved our spare parts store and offices to the Hope Estate Zone in Grand Case. At 67 rue des Aborigènes, between “Bachus” and CHRONOPOST. Our technicians are already at work and can intervene on all marinas and shipyards of the island. A parts delivery service is also available.
• Marella Discovery (TUI UK ship) is coming to the island Dec 5th

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