Timeshare specialists Interval International have revealed that vacation owners and guests who travel to St. Maarten earn an average household income of more than $147,000.
Interval also said that the survey showed that visitors to the area stay an average of 10.9 nights and spend more money off-site than on.
The findings were revealed in the St. Maarten Timeshare Owner, Exchanger, and Guest Survey, which was co-sponsored by Interval International and the St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA).
Ricardo Perez, general manager of Oyster Bay Beach Resort and SMTA board member, said: “As the survey indicates, timeshare owners are contributing appreciably to the island economy in many areas as it relates to on property and off property purchases”.
“While their spending supports local businesses, we’re also very encouraged by the large number of respondents — 90 percent — who expressed their desire to return to St. Maarten for future vacations.”
Other notable findings from the survey showed that the majority of respondents were from the U.S. (88 per cent) and around 30 per cent had household incomes greater than $150,000.
The average age of vacation owners was 60, with travel party sizes averaging at three people. Those aged 41 to 55 spent the most on entertainment and nightlife, with an average of $359 combined for both on and off premises.