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Airport to host airlift conference

13 MARCH 2017

AIRPORT–Twenty-six speakers from twenty countries and 22 nationalities will gather in St. Maarten for the second annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference June 13-15.

“Airlift is a common denominator of the aviation and tourism industries that determines the strength of a country’s economy. Even more reason to get all stakeholders together to find solutions for strengthening and improving that lifeline,” Princess Juliana International Airport SXM stated in a press release issued on Sunday.

“Speakers are coming from as far as Switzerland, Russia and New Zealand. Each speaker contributes to the meetings with expertise and experience. The aim is to offer presentations covering all perspectives of airlift, from the aviation as well as the tourism perception. Each conference participant shall walk away with more knowledge, new ideas and with network extensions.

“An example of how aviation and tourism can be brought together in a unique tourism product: a seaplane operation providing aerial sightseeing tours! Taking off from and landing on the water is an experience in itself.”

Amphibious planes can perform both water-based and runway operations. Cessna, one of the major manufacturers of private aircraft, will fly in a factory-new aircraft on floats all the way from Wichita, Kansas, USA, for the conference.

Unity, an established seaplane operator in Florida, is exploring the prospects of setting up a branch operation in the Caribbean. The location may be determined as a result of the conference. Seaplanes can offer the flexibility and convenience of transporting guests to marinas, beaches, private clubs, residences or even directly to a yacht.

“Each conference presentation is an introduction for a discussion. Town-hall-type sessions by engaging speakers with audience interaction are encouraged. Every discussion is a way to better understand, guidance for finding solutions and a gateway for cooperation,” the Airport stated.

The annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup is hosted by Princess Juliana International Airport SXM. The conference appeals to a significant number of professionals from both the aviation and tourism industries within the region and abroad.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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