PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Maarten's
Commissioner of Tourism Roy Marlin confirmed today the Caribbean island of
St. Maarten has reached an agreement with Jet Blue Airways for air service
from New York commencing January 17, 2008.
In making the announcement, Commissioner Marlin said, "On behalf of The
Island Territory of St. Maarten, I am pleased to welcome Jet Blue Airways
as the newest travel partner serving the Little Caribbean Alliance which
includes Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten/St.
"I am sure the many Jet Blue passengers will soon discover that St.
Maarten is the best leisure destination in the region, offering 37 beaches,
over 400 restaurants with Gold Award Winning Chefs, exceptional
entertainment and nightlife as well as a myriad of accommodations to fit
any lifestyle, all in a safe, friendly, cosmopolitan environment."
Commenting on the announcement, Marty St. George, JetBlue's Vice
President of Network Planning, said, "Customers have been asking for more
JetBlue flights to the Caribbean and today we're pleased to add service to
St. Maarten, one of the most beautiful spots in the region. With JetBlue,
customers enjoy award-winning inflight entertainment, generous name-brand
snacks, and top-notch customer service -- all at some of the lowest fares
around. We think the flight should be as good as the destination, so on
your next trip to the Caribbean, we invite you to experience all that
flying should be."
Commissioner Marlin pointed out that Jet Blue's lower cost structure
for service to St. Maarten will provide very competitive air fares, which
will be a tremendous boost for tourism as well as its resident population.
Commissioner Marlin stated that the net result of the new Jet Blue
service will be increased travel through Princess Juliana Airport. "This is
good for us and good for our travel partners," he stated.
The start of Jet Blue's service to St. Maarten coincides with the
launch of its new marketing initiative. The new theme, "St. Maarten. Bring
Your Appetite For Life." which is scheduled to appear in national consumer
and trade magazine advertisements within North America. "Our national
public relations effort has already begun to bring this message to millions
of travelers across the country. And, the response from all accounts has
been extremely positive," he said.
"I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Daniel Gibbs, Vice
President of Tourism of the Collectivity of St. Martin, Mr. Victor Banks,
Minister of Tourism of Anguilla, President of the Collectivity of St.
Barths, Mr. Bruno Magras, as well as the Economic Recovery Fund of St.
Maarten, The St. Maarten Hotel Association (SHTA), the Westin Resort and
the Sonesta Beach Resorts for their participation in the joint marketing
effort that will take place in concert with Jet Blue," he said.
About St. Maarten
St. Maarten, known as "the culinary capital of the Caribbean", is the
smallest island in the world shared between two nations, France and the
Netherlands. Here guest are welcome to discover the islands 37 spectacular
beaches, more than 350 restaurants, duty-free shopping, numerous activities
and attractions and the island's unparalleled nightlife. Whether staying in
a luxury villa or spending the night in the casinos, guests will experience
the only Caribbean island with grand sophistication and European flair. For
more information on St. Maarten's growing tourism industry, please visit
the website at http://www.st-maarten.com.