Voting Online Open opens until November 15, 2015

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Century 21 Island Realty St. Maarten Head Broker Ritika Nanwani is a nominee for Supervisor of the Year in the 10th Annual Crystal Pineapple Award for excellence hosted by St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA).

Nanwani is known for her attention to detail and client’s needs as well as being an excellent leader for her team of already award winning real estate agents. She has over a dozen years of experience in residential real estate, new property marketing and sales.

Ritika is closely involved with every new development project and engaged throughout the entire process from pre-development to sales. She excels at selecting a team with the necessary expertise and experience to promote and close the sale on each project. She manages Century 21′s three offices in St. Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius along with her portfolio of properties spanning from exclusive villas, vacation rentals, commercial building and the very scarce commodity land.

Her friendly and approachable personality makes her one of St. Maarten’s top brokers whose reputation is firm and sustained through many referred clients.

The voting period for 10th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards officially opened on Monday, October 19, 2015. This puts YOU in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations you think should be recognized for their outstanding performance in the Hospitality, Tourism and Trade Industry.

The Crystal Pineapple Award Ceremony, SHTA’s largest annual event, will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. To date the Awards Gala is the only event on the island that recognizes Hospitality and Trade personnel, organizations and associations for their contribution towards the tourism industry.

During the 2015 “Night of the Industry Stars” themed Gala Awards, individuals who are employed in the Hospitality and Trade industry will receive awards in the categories of Accommodations, Restaurants & Bars, Trade, Timeshare, as well the category Outstanding Community Service Achievement, Best Entertainer of the year and Best Customer Service Representative.

The award ceremony will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 in Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. The gala evening includes a sumptuous dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle and much more. This year’s 10 anniversary will also feature some additional surprises to commemorate the Awards Gala Milestone.

In addition the SHTA will be commemorating its 45th Anniversary. The festivities have started early with nominees receiving their nomination certificates personally from the Director and Staff of the SHTA. Nominees were surprised at the workplace where they received their certificate, a Pineapple pin to be worn for all to recognize their nomination status, participated in a photoshoot and made a video

“This will be a double celebration for the Association, which should not be missed,” said SHTA. The organizing committee will also be launching a YouTube page to showcase the pictures and videos of the nominees and weekly features of the nominees can be found on the SHTA social pages and the media.

Voting can be done on Simply click on the ‘Crystal Pineapple Awards’ under the ‘Events’ tab on the left hand side of the page and follow the instructions. A link to the voting page has also been placed on the Crystal Pineapple Awards and SHTA Facebook page. The polls will close on Sunday November 15th, 2015 at 12:00pm.

Remember that your vote can make someone feel like a star that evening.

Tickets for the will be on sale at the SHTA office as of October 28th, 2015 and can be reserved any time during office hours. Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there is limited seating!

SHTA, the largest business representative on the island, is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace.

For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail or visit website

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