MINISTRY OF TOURISM, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS,
TRAFFIC AND TELECOMMUNICATION
SINT MAARTEN – INVESTING IN TOMORROW
Agro-tourism (farm to plate-type restaurants)
Niche Markets: Wedding and Honeymoon, MICE Market
Arts tourism (orange economy)
Yachting and marine sector development
Assembly and light manufacturing
Small breweries and distilleries
The Government of Sint Maarten has identified a number of priority sectors for investment.
The sectors have been identified based on assessments in the following areas:
Estimated Return on Investment
Domestic resource availability
Human resource availability
IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, WE CAN FACILITATE.
Year round sunshine, wind and access to water make Sint Maarten a prime location for investments in renewable energy.
With continuous investments in fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-business projects, Sint Maarten’s telecommunication infrastructure is ready to the ideal location for new tech initiatives.
LIGHT MANUFACTURING / AGRO PROCESSING
With half a million stay-over visitors and 1.9 cruise passengers annually, and a host of restaurants and businesses there is market for locally produced products. From exotic lotions to local food, all sourced from the island or surrounding islands, there is a market.
Tourism is Sint Maarten’s primary economic pillar, feeding into multiple spin-off industries that thrive. The tourism has significantly contributed to the island’s steady economic growth over the past 50 years. Offering visitors dozens of beaches and a plethora of hotel accommodations ranging from luxurious, expansive resorts to quaint personalized guesthouses.
Stay-Over Arrivals for the
past three years.
The overall performance of Sint Maarten’s tourism industry is based upon innovative destination marketing strategies, continuous product development, improvements to the ports of entry and a unique multicultural society that creates a gastronomical experience unlike any other.
Rest of the World
Sint Maarten knows how to have a good time. To complement its established reputation as a nightlife center, Sint Maarten hosts major annual activities, bringing thousands of visitors to the island.
Sint Maarten Carnival
Carnival is one of the important cultural events on Sint Maarten. Sint Maarten’s Carnival is about culture, concerts, cuisine, parades and parties. The main attraction remains the parades with spectacular costumes and floats. The cuisines available in the Carnival Village, the hub of the festivities, cater to every culinary delight. From Sint Maarten’s own barbecue chicken, Johnny cakes, conch and dumplings to delicacies from Suriname, Trinidad, Dominica, India, Curacao, North America & Europe if you want it, the Village has it. Sint Maarten welcomes all for three weeks of celebration. So Come, Experience Life!
Held annually, the Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta is one of the largest yachting races in the Caribbean. Taking place during the first week of March, the Heineken Regatta brings hundreds of yacht enthusiasts to the island to compete or partake in the Regatta’s many parties. Bringing ‘Serious Fun’ to residents and visitors alike, the Heineken Regatta is the Northeastern Caribbean’s premiere sailing event.