SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) directly engaged the businesses in the Philipsburg area this past weekend seeking support for the 50thAnniversary of St. Maarten Carnival in 2019. The activity in Philipsburg was a fundraising for Carnival 2019.
Foundation members, with letters in hand, stopped by stores on Frontstreet and Backstreet to deliver the letters and speak to merchants about Carnival 2019, some of the events to expect and why it’s important for the private sector to contribute to St. Maarten’s largest annual event.
The merchants were very receptive of the SCDF and said they already have Carnival 50 in mind considering the amount of people expected on island.
President of the SCDF Alston Lourens said the foundation’s intention is to get everyone involved as much as possible because everyone benefits from Carnival. “The Carnival period is one of the peak times of economic activity in Philipsburg and St. Maarten in general. We are very encouraged by the reception we received and look forward to closer cooperation with the merchants,” Lourens said.
A local small business owner in Philipsburg, Plush Boutique, was the first business to step up for Carnival by presenting her contribution on the spot to Lourens.
Several merchants were very receptive to the efforts of the Carnival foundation.