SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The online publication known as Charterworld, that carries Yacht Charter & Superyacht News, published a story on November 8 written by Mike Smith that stated SXM Airport is closed. This information has since been updated over the weekend.
SXM Airport at the time of the November 8 publication was open for commercial air traffic for almost a month – October 10 – November 10.
The section where the story was published gives an update on the impact by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and is published under the heading, “The Caribbean Islands Bouncing Back.”
The introduction to the section says, “Handful of Worst Affected Caribbean Islands Are Preparing to Receive Luxury Yacht Charter Visitors after the Terrible Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many Islands Largely Unaffected.”
The section about Sint Maarten said the following:
Following significant damage, the airport at St. Martin is closed until further notice and the majority of shops and restaurants are working hard to recover from the damage to reopen in 2018. The island will not forego the winter charter season altogether however, and Hollywood Casino and Jump Up Casino are ready to entertain, as are the beaches, night clubs and shops of Simpson Bay and Pelican Key.”
Charterworld updated the information on their site over the weekend with the following new posting after they were notified that the previous information was incorrect:
Following significant damage, the airport at St. Martin that both L’Esperance (SFG) in French St. Martin and Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Dutch Sint Maarten are now open for business. Many shops and restaurants are working hard to recover from the damage to reopen in 2018. The island will not forego the winter charter season altogether however, and Hollywood Casino and Jump Up Casino are ready to entertain, as are the beaches, night clubs and shops of Simpson Bay and Pelican Key.”
Destination Sint Maarten has its hands full to search the world-wide web (WWW) for any information related to the destination in the post-Irma/Maria era that billions of readers across the WWW have internet access too.
Any incorrect information on the WWW could be devastating for the destination where it concerns its overall national recovery from the damage caused by the September hurricanes.
The story proves that the destination has to be pro-active in keeping various tourism and travel trade publications up to date with respect to destination developments. This in turn will help and contribute to the positive recovery and rebuilding of the island as a premier tourist destination.
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