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Governor Holiday Welcomed “Back Home” at SXM Airport
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Monday, November 3, 2014) - It was indeed a “welcome back home” visit for His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday when he paid an official working visit to the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, on October 30, 2014.
From the moment he alighted from his official vehicle to the steel pan sounds of the popular song, “St. Maarten is my Home” performed by the island’s foremost panist, Sir Isidore York (The Mighty Dow), until he drove off after a tour of the ATC facilities at the end of the visit, Governor Holiday was not only pleased to be back home on familiar grounds, but also wished the Holding Company, the Supervisory Board of Directors, the Management and employees success and strength with their plans to take the airport to the next level.
Drs. Eugene Holiday was president of the airport prior to his appointment as the first Governor of St. Maarten in 2010. Under his stewardship, the new terminal building and the new ATC tower were built.
“It was indeed a very special opportunity to officially welcome His Excellency Governor Holiday back to the Princess Juliana International Airport,” said Managing Director Regina LaBega who succeeded Holiday at the helm of affairs at SXM airport. “If, as they say, home is where the heart is, we were able to confirm that His Excellency’s heart is still very much at SXM as he gave us some very useful advice regarding our efforts to take the airport to the next level,” LaBega added. Governor Holiday and LaBega held a one-on-one meeting in the latter’s office at the beginning of the visit, which was followed by a presentation to the Governor by the SXM managing director on the airport’s Capital Improvement Strategies and other ongoing projects at the facility.
The Chairmen of the Holding Company, the Supervisory Board of Directors, and other top management staff also attended the presentation, held at SXM’s airport boardroom.
In her presentation, LaBega indicated how SXM is a “crucial contributor to the economy of St. Maarten” and provided information on among others the airport’s bond financing, its commercial plan, and its green program.
Governor Holiday showed keen interest in the detailed presentation and shared some thoughts with the team.
“These are familiar grounds and topics that His Excellency is very versed in,” remarked LaBega.
The Governor toured the Airport Facility and Baggage Handling System as well as the ATC, where the relevant directors and managers made presentations to him. “I think he was impressed by what he saw,” said LaBega who added that the Governor encouraged the Board and Management and employees of the airport to continue to work diligently to ensure that SXM remains ahead in the aviation field in the region.
At the end of the visit, LaBega presented the Governor with a token gift. Governor Holiday thanked Ms. Labega for the token and information he obtained and expressed his appreciation for the wonderful reception.