PHILIPSBURG –As the world inches towards normalcy, St. Maarten is expecting a relatively robust year with some 500,000-airline passenger movement projected at Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) and one million cruise visitors expected at Port St. Maarten.


St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Director May-Ling Chun provided the figures during a Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) two-day virtual destination media briefing, in which 17 Caribbean destinations updated regional media operatives on how their destination is doing. French St. Martin also provided an update during the forum. Chun said St. Maarten is projecting a growth of 20 to 30 per cent this year, which represents about 500,000 passenger movements on more than 3,400 flights which are expected at PJIA. “So far, every projection, and we are always in constant contact with our airport, that they have made has been pretty much on the ball,” Chun told the forum. “So, we are very excited to see this outcome and we are looking forward to this.”


Additionally, she said, St. Maarten is estimating approximately one million cruise passengers this year and indicated that the country anticipates returning to pre-coronavirus COVID-19 levels in the year 2023.


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