"Sometimes, to move forward, you have to think laterally." says MYBA president Neil Cheston as he sends in the news that the doors of this year's St Maarten-based winter Charter Show will now be open to superyachts explicitly offered for sale.
"MYBA entered into partnership with the St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) several years ago with a view to creating a showcase for superyachts for charter in the Caribbean," says Neil. "In those days the charter business was booming and the benefits, both to MYBA's charter agents and their yachts and the SMMTA, were considerable."
"2009 has brought austerity and changes to the superyacht industry and MYBA, always ahead of the curve when considering the industry as a whole, has taken the oustanding initiative to invite yachts for sale in a new category within the St Maarten Show." says Lucille Frye, organiser of the event. Neil concludes by saying, "It makes perfect sense to take advantage of the superb facilities at the St Maarten Show to sell a few yachts as well as booking charters for the upcoming season." The show takes place between December 4th and 7th 2009.