PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) will be holding a recovery photo contest within short, the business representative organization said on Tuesday in a press statement.
“By means of collecting pictures of the rebuilding of Sint Maarten, SHTA wants to break the vicious circle of international media still portraying pictures of the devastation directly after hurricane Irma. The continued use of those pictures spread the image of the island not being ready to receive visitors – even though many tours and restaurants are already open for business.
“As the association sees progress being made on many fronts, SHTA wants to share images of the island getting ready for visitors in a recovery image collection. Its international partners will assist in distributing the images towards media outlets.
“Providing pictures of ongoing recovery and reopenings prevents international media reusing pictures of the devastation right after Irma. As many media visited the country to see the damage done by the hurricane, these pictures are often used for Sint Maarten stories as more recent ones regarding recovery are not at hand.
“SHTA calls on both professional as well as amateur photographers to assist in providing pictures that show recovery is in full swing. Be it showing the nature coming back to its full glory or reconstruction efforts going on, any picture is welcome.
“All pictures will be shared on the SHTA Facebook channels. The best picture will be rewarded by a day trip to Anguilla on one of Aquamania’s Awesome Catamaran Cruises for two passengers.