Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, is the main international sponsor of the 12th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala. Organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the event is scheduled for November 23 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino & Spa. The awards gala honors excellence in the hospitality and trade sectors and is resuming its tradition after a two-year hiatus due to the 2017 hurricane season impact.
“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding individuals who work across a range of businesses and contribute to St. Maarten’s vital tourism industry by demonstrating their commitment to exceptional hospitality,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of business development for the Caribbean and Southeast U.S. “These professionals have helped drive the island’s impressive recovery and demonstrate the resilience of the shared ownership industry in this beautiful location.”
“We are grateful for Interval’s support of our association and our members who work tirelessly to promote St. Maarten’s tourism and business experience on the local and international stage. These collaborative efforts will continue to heighten the profile of the country’s offerings as a destination to potential guests,” said Wyb Meijer, executive director, SHTA.
As a board member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation, Interval has been a long-time supporter of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. Since 2000, Interval and its participating Caribbean resort clients have donated approximately US$800,000 to the CHTA and CTO foundations for the education of Caribbean nationals.