Rising Sun Tours, receptive to cruise ships, individual customers and groups for more than 32 years, was present in Paris, Porte de Versailles, on September 20, 21 and 22, 2022 to confirm to all its interlocutors that Saint-Martin had not forgotten this unmissable event for tourism professionals.
Several hundred stands, with exhibitors from all over the world, celebrated this first post-Covid19 show. It was important to meet, talk to each other and discuss past difficulties, but above all the prospects for a flourishing future. The French West Indies had come in force with the imposing stands of Guadeloupe and Martinique where travel agents, hoteliers and traders wanted to be visible and available.
Rising Sun Tours was represented by Ali Laggoune and Ami Bora, who went for three days to meet tour operators, cruise lines and event agencies to promote the island of Saint-Martin.
Top Résa is the largest tourism fair in France and as in September, our island is very calm, it is easy to free up to spread the word, as Guadeloupe and Martinique do, but also all the English-speaking islands of the region.
The interlocutors had many questions to ask about the post Irma, post Covid state of Saint-Martin, the openings or closings of hotels and new activities.
In the end, this Parisian getaway paid off as new contacts were made, apart from tour operators already under contract. All hope to return to the volumes before 2020 and intend to give themselves the means to snatch some additional shares from an increasingly professional and specialized market. Resting on the laurels of a glorious past is no longer enough.
Challenges exist and must be faced to be at the level of neighboring and competing islands. _AF
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