New York City/Marigot – President of the Saint-Martin Tourism Office accepted the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Cruise Region on behalf of Saint-Martin at a luncheon hosted by USA Today, one of several events that took place during the week long Caribbean Week that took place in New York City.
The award which came out of a vote by USA Today readers, identified the top ten regions for cruising in the world and named the Eastern Caribbean as the world’s most desirable region because of “its lovely tropical islands that symbolized vacation and relaxation.” Saint Martin and Sint Maarten with their excellent duty fee shopping, casinos and “European fusion cuisine” were named alongside destinations such as Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands for first place. The Southern Caribbean including Aruba came in second and Alaska rounded out the top three winners.
The USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award is a newly introduced interactive program of the USA TODAY online news site that offers readers the opportunity to comment and vote on destinations, dining, accommodations and other travel related subjects.
Mrs. Rogers-Vanterpool and other tourism ministers along with their directors were in New York to take part in a series of meetings including the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) Ministers, Commissioners and Directors meeting, marketing Meetings and Student Colloquium that allows various tourism schools to present sustainable tourism development projects to the CTO members.
While in New York the President of the Tourism Office also had a chance to meet with travel agents and buyers and several members of the Saint-Martin diaspora as well as take part in several interviews with top tourism magazines such as Elite Magazine where she did an interview regarding Saint-Martin’s high end tourism product.
The week-long annual gathering that takes place in New York offers tourism representatives direct contact with investors, media, travel agents and other tourism industry professionals during a marathon event that is focused exclusively on Caribbean tourism development.