St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA)

Project Name

Grant Amount (USD)

Implementation Period


SMILE job fair


March 2023 – February 2024

Youth employment/entrepreneurship

About the Project

Youth unemployment has been a major problem on the island since hurricane Irma and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This project has been designed to tackle youth unemployment by providing soft skills training in combination with the SMILE job fair

The project effects will be measured a few months after the SMILE job fair.

About the Organization

The SHTA is a non-governmental organization striving for a sustainable economy and market place, a healthy and beautiful island and good governance, in order to reach a higher quality of life for all St. Maarten residents.

Amongst its advocacy activities for the private sector and St. Maarten society, SHTA is known for organizing large events like the St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART), the St. Maarten Innovations, Industries and Initiatives Link-up Event (SMILE).