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  • PRESS RELEASE – SXM Airport Opens Communication CenterSimpson Bay, St. Maarten (Friday, December 8, 2017) – The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has opened its Communication Center which will serve as an outlet to disseminate information to customers via its Call Center.“It will be recalled that Hurricane Irma inflicted serious damage to our telecommunication system. This has caused an interruption to the telephone system disrupting our information services especially to our clients,” said Michel Hyman, COO and Acting CEO of SXM Airport.

    The Communication Center is located temporarily at the Operations Tower and will be operated by our Customer Service officers, he said.

    The general public can reach the operators at the main lines 1-721-546-7777 or 1-721- 546-7544.

    Hyman also announced the appointment of Mrs. Audrey St. Luce-Jack as the Corporate Communication Officer of SXM Airport with effect from November 27, 2017. She can be reached at 1-721- 520-3764 or via email at

  • The Princess Juliana International Airport opened to commercial flights on October 10, while the cargo area at Port St. Maarten is operational. St. Maarten’s cruise port will reopen on November 11. Debris removal from roadways and beaches is ongoing. Electricity continues to be restored across the island.

Source: CTU

Hotels Open For Business

Alicia’s Inn |

Princess Heights |

Holland House Beach Hotel | | Only business guests and Dutch government

L’Esperance Hotel |

Atrium Resort

Baker Suites

Commodore Suites

Horizon View Hotel

La Vista Hotel

Paradise Inn

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

Travel Inn Hotel

Turquoise Shell Inn

Hotels with Scheduled Opening Dates

(If date is not listed re-opening date is still to be announced)

Belair Beach Hotel | | January 2018

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort | | Possible May 2018 Re-opening

Oyster Bay Beach Resort | | Possible September 2018

Alamanda Resort | Possible Autumn 2018 Re-opening

Esmeralda Resort | Possible March 2018

La Plantation | Possible April 2018

La Samanna | Possible April 2018

Mary’s Boon | Possible December 2017

Sea Palace Resort | April 2018

Sea View Beach Hotel | Possible December 2017 Opening

Beachside Villas |

Coral Beach Club | | Closed Until Further Notice

Flamingo Beach | | Closed Until Further Notice

Royal Palm Beach |

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino | | Closed Until Further Notice

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino | | Closed Until Further Notice

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort | | Closed Until Further Notice

Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach | | Closed Until Further Notice

Alegria Hotel | Closed Until Further Notice

Beach Plaza

Cliff at Cupecoy

Carl’s Unique Inn & Conference Facilities | Closed until further notice

Flamboyant Le Village

Grand Case Beach Club | Closed Until Further Notice

Horny Toad Guest House | Closed Until Further Notice

Horizon View Beach Hotel

L’Esplanade | Closed Until Further Notice

Palm Court | Closed Until Further Notice

Mercure | Closed Until Further Notice

Ocean Club | Closed Until Further Notice

Passangrahan | Closed Until Further Notice

Rainbow Beach Club

RIU Beach Club | Closed Until Further Notice

Royal Islander Resort | Closed Until Further Notice

Royal Palm Beach Club | Closed Until Further Notice

Sapphire Beach Club & Resort | Closed Until Further Notice

Summit Resort Hotel | Will not re-open

Sunwing Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino | Closed Until Further Notice

Towers At Mullet Bay | Closed Until Further Notice

October 4th Update

Airport re-opens on October 10

Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA/SXM Airport) will open to accept all commercial flights as per October 10, 2017. “We will be back in business,” the Minister said. The symbolism of the date was also important to the Minister, marking seven years since St. Maarten obtained its new constitutional status.

The airport, the Minister explained, was given time following hurricane Irma and Maria to get back to a suitable operational level that falls within international safety standards. She re-iterated that the damage to PJIA was severe and no quick fix could have been applied. “Even as we open our airport, we are still months away from restoring PJIA to its former glory,” she said.

However, the Minister continued, “acting CEO of PJIA Michel Hyman assisted by Head of the Civil Aviation Department Lou Halley and his team, has done a terrific job in getting the airport to a point where we can open for business. I cannot praise these folks and their resilience enough in getting PJIA back up and running. Thank you.”

The Minister explained that while the airport is opening, there will be some changes in terms of passenger movement and security within the terminal building to allow for repairs to the building to continue. She said Hyman and airport management will ensure that passengers are in a safe environment at all times.

“There might be some inconvenience here and there, but we only ask a little patience as we work to get back to 100%,” the Minister said. She added that all airlines will issue information regarding their resumption of service via their respective outlets and agents.

“We are in discussion with all of the airlines about resumption of service to St. Maarten. St. Maarten as a destination has been hit hard and the road to recovery is long, but we still do have some hotel inventory that can be serviced and we still want potential investors here. Basically, the message we want to send to the world is we are resilient, we are open for business and we look forward to welcoming you back.”

Minister Arrindell-Doncher also extended thanks to the personnel of PJIA and other contracted workers who have diligently been working to restore the airport to operational status as well as the Immigration and Customs Department. She thanked all airport handlers, airlines, commercial, charter and military, that came to St. Maarten’s aid by transporting relief supplies while the airport was closed.

September 27th Update

Alamanda Resort – 9/27 – FB post: “Thankfully, all the staff is safe. As you can imagine, we will need some time to be able to welcome you again in our hotel. Nevertheless, be prepared, the Alamanda Resort will be reopened for your next holidays in Autumn 2018”

Belmond La Samanna – 9/27 – FB post: “To our knowledge at this time, our employees at Belmond La Samanna have avoided injury. We are currently assessing the nature and extent of the damage sustained on property and based on our assessment at this time; we do not anticipate that Belmond La Samanna will open until at least April 2018. “

La Playa – Orient Bay – 9/27 – Website message: Currently Closed, “We have been hard at work, removing debris and assessing damage. We are still without reliable communications.”

September 16th Update

Updates from St. Maarten / St. Martin hotels are as follows:

  • Alicia’s Inn – 9/18 – Guests and staff are confirmed OK. Hotel has sustained some damage to roof structure, already on path to recovery. They do not have water or electricity. However they will be receiving guests starting today.
  • Beach Plaza: ​Badly damaged
  • Beachside Villas: 9/19 Facebook: “GREAT NEWS! Beachside Villas will be up and running by November 1, 2017. We should have the first villas ready to go in 2 weeks.”
  • Belair Beach Hotel: ​Sustained damage and it will take time to repair. Phone service and internet down
  • Belmond​ ​La​ ​Samanna:​ According to a statement on its website, Belmond La Samanna has assessed the damages and at this time does not anticipate opening until at least April 2018
  • Esmeralda Resort: Hotel 70% severely damaged
  • Grand​ ​Case​ ​Beach​ ​Club:​ ​Grand Case Beach Club suffered significant damage that will take some time to repair and rebuild, possibly up to a year to have the hotel back to normal
  • Hotel Mercure: Damaged
  • La Playa Orient Bay:​ Severely damaged. The hotel was undergoing  renovation prior to Irma and due to the impact of the storm the reopening 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
  • Royal​ ​Islander​ ​Club:​ ​​ ​9/19 Facebook post from Sept 16: Dear Members, Guests and Friends of Royal Islander Club, Unfortunately, due to the significant damages that Hurricane Irma brought to our beloved friendly island, Royal Islander Club La Plage and La Terrasse will be closed through the end of 2017. From time to time, we will update you on the progress of the renovations and expected opening dates of your home away from home.
  • Sea​ ​Palace​ ​Resort:​ ​Damage to the hotel was extensive. They anticipate the hotel will remain closed to visitors for several months.
  • Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten (Sonesta Maho Beach, Sonesta Ocean Point and Sonesta Great Bay): 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.
  • Summit Resort Hotel: Due to extensive damage, the Summit Resort will remain closed.
  • Westin Dawn Beach: Suffered significant damage. Hotel is closed until further notice

Source: CHTA – CTO Joint Update, September 16th

International press release from President Daniel Gibbs – Saint-Martin – View Release

Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten Statement September 14th

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