SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN – “Our ties to the island of Sint Maarten are stronger than ever, it has always been our mission to support the global promotion of the island in order to attract more tourists to our friendly island paradise,” the organizers of SXM Festival said in a press statement on Monday.
“As it has for many of our friends and partners, Irma turned our jobs and life projects upside down. Our wish is to see Sint Maarten recover as soon as possible. It is for this reason that we have considered all the available options to forge ahead with the third edition of what has become our pride, the most beautiful electronic music festival in the world: SXM Festival.
“The determination, courage and resilience of Sint Maarten has been an inspiration and will continue to inspire our work. Despite the devotion of our partners and of our team, we fell just short of the number of hotels rooms and operational flight routes needed to make the festival a reality. Due to the rising popularity of the event, we cannot match the demand in 2018 and are forced to postpone. This will allow more time to rebuild the infrastructures needed to stage the event and for the restoration of all air routes to Sint Maarten that are required to welcome festival-goers.
“It is our hope that SXM Festival will promote our gorgeous island and its brand new, fully functional infrastructure and show the world that it is open for business. We want to thank, with all of our hearts, the incredible community of electronic music aficionados in Sint Maarten and our trusted, local partners in the hospitality services. We are deeply touched and overwhelmed by your messages and by the love you expressed for our project.
“We promise to come back even stronger than before and to raise the bar again and again, year after year, adapting the festival to the music market and to continue to be recognized as a world leading event. A very special thank you goes to both the tourism offices of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten for their outstanding work in managing this crisis and for reviving tourism. We will be working closely with them again to deliver the 2019 edition through innovative and impactful marketing.
“Last but not least, congratulations to all the St. Martiners, who are working relentlessly to rebuild the island. Well done! Beyond the beauty of Sint Maarten, the success and reputation of the festival has been built on the exceptional quality of the services offered and the warm hospitality of its people. It is all of these elements which make the island truly unique. SXM Strong!”