RCI wins St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association Award

Leading global exchange organisation RCI® has received the Crystal Pineapple award in the category of Outstanding Tourism Industry Partner from the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA).

The award winners were recognized at a ceremony late last month at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten.

"SHTA has unanimously chosen RCI as the recipient of its 2012 Outstanding Tourism Industry Partner Award,” said Alfred Harley, executive director of the SHTA. “This award recognizes international industry partners that have made a significant contribution toward the development of our tourism industry, and in this case we are confident that the timeshare industry on St. Maarten has benefited tremendously from a fruitful relationship with RCI."

The organisers praised RCI’s ability to gather, analyze and provide information about timeshare exchange travel trends on the island, which helps businesses tailor their tourism products and services to grow the industry locally.

In addition, RCI and other timeshare industry leaders has been working with the SMTA to draft comprehensive legislation to assist in the regulation of the timeshare industry which was submitted to Parliament and the Minister of Justice in October.

“We are so happy to be presented with this prestigious award,” said Eugenio Macouzet, managing director, RCI Caribbean. “The timeshare industry has developed quickly and beautifully on the island of St. Maarten, and we look forward to being a part of its continued growth in the future.”

RCI was the very first vacation exchange company in St. Maarten in the early 1980s through an affiliation with the island’s first timeshare property, the Pelican Resort. RCI is now affiliated with more than 20 quality properties on the island which timeshare owners can enjoy when they exchange through RCI’s global network. For more information, visit www.RCI.com

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