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This does not add up

By Hilbert Haar ~ Oh, oh, St. Maarten managed to generate some bad publicity again and the attempts by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin to explain herself do not come across as utterly convincing. The story is this time, as most readers probably...

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Dear Reader

With another ribbon-cutting ceremony behind us and the focus now is on the next stage of the airport rebuilding, let's stop for a minute and ask ourselves for whom are we rebuilding this multi-million dollar airport? Do we know who we cater to with our airport? In other words, do we know who our travelling visitors are and where they are coming from?

Many attempts have been made in the past to collect statistics about arriving passengers. To no avail. With the millions being invested in the airport renovations, now is the time again to consider investing in a working and sustainable system of data collection at the airport so that we can know who our visitors are, where to target them in their source markets and how to attract more of them when more of our hotels come back online.

The surrounding islands are investing more into their ports and tourism products and therefore the competition to attract more and better quality visitor will be stiff. We can only achieve a competitive advantage if we know exactly who our visitors are and where to find more of them. It is imperative that we start collecting visitor stats now.

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Elsevier bloopers with tax comparison

PHILISPBURG - The Dutch news magazine Elsevier made a serious mistake in an article about the remuneration of parliamentarians in St. Maarten compared to the money Dutch MPs receive. The Antilliaans Dagblad picked up on the story and asked the...

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Interim Government Statia Acted Against Law by Awarding...

The Hague - The government in The Hague has been greatly embarrassed by its own Government Commissioners on St. Eustatius. The so-called Interim Government appears to have awarded government contracts to civil servants;something which is...

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Government to tighten supervision of online casinos

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao government will tighten the supervision of online casinos operating from the island. The already existing Gaming Control Board (GCB), which now oversees the physical casinos only, will also supervise the online gambling...

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Letter: Why is it so hard to amend Caribbean Constitutions

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Commentary: Spend wisely this Christmas

By Rev. Seth Ampadu ~ Christmas is a most glorious time of the year and I extend wishes for a truly happy celebration to everyone in this wonderful island that God has blessed in so many ways. In the merriment of the season, let us not forget those..

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Johnson and Giterson outline new Market Place plans to...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG/SIMPSON BAY) - Market vendors in Philipsburg and Simpson Bay breathed a sigh of relief as they learnt from Tourism Minister the Honourable Stuart Johnson that plans were being finalised to erect modern facilities to...

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NAGICO's Christmas Raffle

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Celebrity Edge makes its Inaugural call to St. Maarten

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St. Maarten Student Wins in New York

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SXM Airport Kicks Off 75th Anniversary with Return to...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Although December 3 rd, 2018 was the actual date of the 75 th anniversary of the Princess Juliana International Airport, the celebrations were however, deferred to two weeks later to coincide with the official ...

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Acquisition of InselAir in Jeopardy

By René Zwart © Willemstad - The acquisition of InselAir is in doubt. interCaribbean Airways, which was slated to buy the remnants of the Curaçaon airline for a dollar, has also failed yesterday to provide the already promised bank guarantee...

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The status of InselAir: New deadline December 28

WILLEMSTAD - During the court session yesterday, the approval of the agreement accepted by InselAir's creditors was discussed. The management of InselAir and the superintendent have informed the court that the intended buyer of the shares,...

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SMMC committed to recruiting St. Maarten students

CAY HILL:--- St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) continued their ongoing recruitment drive when they recently attended the "Care Caribbean" event in Holland with the aim to recruit St. Maarten students currently engaged in their medical studies abroad.

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Behind closed doors

The General Auditing Chamber of the Netherlands is preparing a report on the recovery aid which after its completion is scheduled to be discussed in a closed door meeting on December 13, 2018. The report is being prepared because numerous...

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Piper Davis Baseball group pay courtesy call to Romeo-Marlin

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Recently, youth baseball group Piper Davis Baseball paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin. The objective of the short meeting was to brief the Prime Minister on the latest activities of the group...

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Mid Isle Aid the Diabetes foundation of St. Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In the Rotary family, the focus for the month of December is Disease Prevention and Treatment, hence the Diabetes foundation (DFS) bus is now back on the road after being damaged by Hurricane Irma thanks to The Rotary Club of St....

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PDVSA hopes to retain Bullen Bay terminal, not refinery

WILLEMSTAD - The Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA hopes to retain access to Bullen Bay terminal after its lease expires in December 2019, but the Isla refinery at Schottegat has lost strategic value for the company. This is according to sources...

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Aqualectra: 'Call for expressions of interest'

WILLEMSTAD - Aqualectra is calling for expressions of interest for the development of a 15MWp PV solar system in Curaçao. Aqualectra is responsible for the production and distribution of electricity and water as well as the delivery of...

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Brazilian Travel Agents impressed with Curaçao ...

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently invited a group of 67 Brazilian travel agents on the first direct flight from Brazil to Curaçao. The group stays in Curaçao until December 22. During their stay, they will be visiting...

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Dispute Regulation law to be handled during IPKO in June

THE HAGUE - The plenary handling of the law proposal to establish the Dispute Regulation for the Kingdom is set to take place in June 2019 when representatives of the four parliaments gather in The Hague for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation...

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Dutch First Chamber wants the NL to aid with Venezuelans

WILLEMSTAD - The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament wants their government to act in consultation with Curacao and Aruba to ensure that Venezuelan refugees receive a humane treatment when they arrive on the islands. The Chamber adopted a...

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The global increase in cryptocurrency investment

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Everything you need to know about gambling in the Caribbean

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Pharmacists will check whether prescriptions are ....

Kralendijk - As of 2019, pharmacists on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and the Healthcare Insurance Office (Zorgverzekeringskantoor, hereinafter referred to as ZVK) will collaborate to promote the quality of drugs used on the three islands. As ...

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Saba wins two green destination awards

The Bottom, SABA - Saba has again won two awards as a green, sustainable destination that caters towards eco-tourism. Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers received the awards in the Netherlands last week. It concerns the Green Destination...

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Saba continues to work on stronger tourism product

The Bottom, SABA - Saba keeps working on strengthening its tourism product through promotion in the United States (US), Canada and the Netherlands, by attending trade shows abroad and by strengthening the relations with surrounding islands....

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Weather Report: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) December 21, 2018 Tonight through Friday evening: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with brief passing showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / ...

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2019 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid Eco-Conscious Model Introduced ...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - A new era has dawned upon the tropical paradise of St. Maarten/ St. Martin, as Motorworld stands proud to make an unprecedented introduction of the New 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient car in America.

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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Safe holidays: Don't Drink & Drive

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and the Department of Communication (DCOMM), in a collective public service message is...

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Police investigating death of American man in Jamaica

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FLOW files lawsuit seeking revocation of Digicel's license

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Hundreds of Schiphol passengers hit by Gatwick chaos...

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Dutch pension funds pledge to invest more responsibly

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