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What is Yachting Worth to Sint Maarten?

Dear Yachting and Maritime Industry Participant,
Sint Maarten is clearly a major center for yachting and the maritime industry in the Caribbean. Hosting hundreds of superyachts, cruisers and race yachts annually Sint Maarten has major marinas, boatyard, and many businesses supporting yachting. The Sint Maarten economy is based significantly on tourism, but how much of this is driven by Yachting? The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication, the Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association, and the Sint Maarten Harbor Group are collaborating to undertake an Economic Impact Study of the Sint Maarten Yachting & Maritime Sector.
We, Mr. Arthur HL Lambriex, Minister for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication, and Mr. Jesse Peterson, Chairman of the Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association are requesting your engagement and help in this vital study: We know Yachting is a major part of Sint Maarten’s economy, and this study will allow us to understand the overall economic impact of our thriving marine industry on the island. This study will engage with both local marine businesses and visiting yachts to evaluate the economic contribution.
This study will also enable a combination of our government data on yacht and crew arrivals with the island's maritime sector businesses to gain an overview. This will allow the government to plan better to support the sustainable growth and further development of this vital sector.
The aim is to gain an understanding of the economic contribution to the island's Gross Domestic Product and also the direct and indirect jobs supported by the yachting and maritime sectors. EcoSustainAbility has been appointed to undertake the study over the coming six months. They will be looking at the economic contribution from both the demand and supply side. They will also be surveying superyachts, charter boats, cruising yachts, and racers, as well as local charter boats, watersports and dive operators. On the supply side, they will be working with marinas, yacht agents, and the many marine trades, services, and associated businesses. They will also look at events such as the Heineken Regatta, the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, the Wahoo fishing tournament, and the ARC Europe.
We ask you to assist with the study, please engage in the interviews and questionnaires, and where you can help the consulting team reach out to yacht skippers and crew.
Thank you in advance.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

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Mr. Arthur HL Lambriex                                                                                                               Mr. Jesse Peterson
Minister Chairman
Tourism, Economic Affairs,                                                                                                       Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association
Transport and Telecommunication

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