The 5th Annual SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards recognize outstanding individuals and
organizations that have made significant contributions to move our Tourism product
forward with their dedication, service or smiles.
The SHTA understands the importance of recognizing individuals in the industry and
will therefore continue in its quest to acknowledge the people that make our tourism
industry the success that it is, and who have demonstrated exceptional performance
in their field.
“Tonight we recognize and celebrate individuals with the right stuff,” SHTA president
Emil Lee said, adding that the association believes it is important to recognize
and place on a pedestal the members of society who should become role models and
inspiration for others to follow. The event featured 19 categories and 70 nominees.
According to Lee, every winner in the Programme, Hospitality, Community and Trade
awards had chosen not to be content with mediocrity, but had chosen to be exceptional.
Among these “exceptional” winners, as Hospitality Manager of the Year: Joyce Prince
of Joyce Prince Tours
* Excerpted from SHTA releases and newspaper coverage.
You've got a friend in St. Maarten / St. Martin !
Hello, I'm Joyce Prince, and I would like to welcome you to my website and (hopefully)
soon personally welcome you to my Island. We are now bringing together the three
sections of our business into one central location so that we can best serve your
needs, no matter how you visit St. Maarten; in a Villa, Timeshare, Yacht or Cruise
Just to make it clear, this is my service, not a company with a fleet of vans, busses
and drivers. I do the personal tours myself unless, as I’ll explain later, I need
assistance for a larger group.
Click for a message from Joyce
When food geek Alton Brown, Food Network’s host of Good Eats, Iron Chef America and
Feasting on Asphalt, sails into St. Maarten you know that something’s cooking, and
indeed there is.
Alton, with his production and film team, sailed the Caribbean in search of Good
Eats, in the form of local cuisine, for his Food Network series Feasting on Waves.
And when Alton and his crew anchored in St. Maarten, where did they turn for a local
expert, guide and driver? They called upon St. Maarten’s local businesswoman Joyce
Prince, of Joyce Prince Tours, of course.
In a brief conversation below Fort Louis and near the Marigot Marketplace on a busy
Saturday morning, Alton commented about Joyce that she was a remarkable woman, very
knowledgeable about her island and the local cuisine.
Watch your local listings for a rebroadcast of the four-episode series, which the
Food Network described as “Think Pirates of the Caribbean meet Jacques Cousteau meets
Alton Brown”, as Alton explores the culture and life of food above, below and around