Carol Johnson, Destination Market Manager of Florida, Mexico & The Caribbean for TripAdvisor (second from right) presented Tourism Minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher (center) with St. Maarten's plaque for being voted #2 as a Caribbean destination, and 19th spot worldwide in 2016. TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice (TC) Awards are based on millions of personal reviews from the world’s most popular travel community. The awards recognize exceptional properties and destinations. The Minister was joined by Chief of Staff for her Cabinet Cecil Nicholas (left), Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Rolando Brison (second from left) and her Executive Assistant Mike Granger.
Winning the award is achieved by a combination of popularity, comments by visitors and overall ranking on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is the largest peer-to-peer travel site in the world allowing travelers to comment about their experiences and recommendations.