St. Maarten and St. Martin Tourism: What is open, what is closed?

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The recovery effort continues in the Franco-Dutch island.  Updates from St. Maarten / St. Martin hotels are as follows:

  • Beach Plaza: Badly damaged
  • Belair Beach Hotel: Sustained damage and it will take time to repair. Phone service and internet down.   .
  • Esmeralda Resort: Hotel 70 per cent destroyed.
  • Hotel Mercure : Damaged
  • La Playa Orient Bay: Severely damaged. The hotel was undergoing a renovation project prior to Irma and due to the impact of the storm the reopening of the hotel is postponed until further notice.
  • La Samanna – assessing damage but will remain closed for the remainder of the year.
  • La Vista Hotel: The Beach building is relatively in decent shape. The roof tiles came off but the roof itself in still there. Some water damage and missing doors and windows.
  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort: Significant damage.
  • Princess Heights: Minor damage.
  • Riu Palace St. Martin: Infrastructures severely affected.
  • Summit Resort Hotel: Due to extensive damage, the Summit Resort will remain closed.
  • Westin Dawn Beach: Suffered significant damage. As of 11 September, Marriott International has advised the resort is closed until further notice.
  • Sonesta: All guests who were in-house during the hurricane have now been evacuated. Resort damage is severe. All further reservations from now through the end of 2017 have been cancelled.

Both the French and Dutch governments have sent people to the country along with supplies and vital aid.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP.His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation.He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.