Frans George Richardson takes the helm
The Dutch St Maarten has a new Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Aviation and Sports.
Frans George Richardson has been appointed to the position. Prior to this he served for three years as a Senator representing St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles Parliament.
‘I am honoured to be appointed Commissioner and am eager to work with our partners in the private sector to usher in a new day for St. Maarten’s tourism industry and raise awareness of our island in key markets across Europe and the Americas,’ said Mr. Richardson.
‘Tourism is St. Maarten’s most important industry and the pillar of our economy,’ he said, ‘but it’s also what we do best with 37 immaculate beaches and the most restaurants found on any Caribbean island.”
He said that despite the challenges of the current economic climate he is excited to take the helm and steer their tourism development in a positive direction by incorporating our unique cultural elements into the tropical appeal of St. Maarten.
He expressed optimism for a positive turnaround as the country is strategically positioned with convenient airlift from most major US markets.
‘Airlift will continue to be a major focus for our government so that we are well positioned to reap the benefits of a massive influx of tourism as soon as the global economy begins to recover,’ he added.