The new website of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) to promote any and all things Carnival is now online (www.sxm-carnival.com).The site went LIVE last week, the same day the foundation launched the 2016 Scotiabank Carnival schedule.
Carnival has benefitted from its very popular Facebook page which has served as its main web portal for the past three years. The new website serves to compliment the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sxmcarnival) with features and information that’s not easily accessible via a page on Facebook compared to an actual website.
Complete with a countdown until Carnival 2016, the new site features information about the structure of the SCDF, a history of Carnival on St. Maarten, Carnival Village, an option to register for Carnival season passes, latest news and more. The site also links to the visitor website of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA – visitstmaarten.com), providing info to visitors about St. Maarten in general.
Links are also provided to Posh Productions, the group now responsible for all Carnival pageants. The last statistical market report of Carnival can also be downloaded from the site. The site was fully designed and made by Alston Lourens, Public Relations officer of the SCDF.
“Our Facebook page does wonders for us in terms of promotion of Carnival worldwide. But there was vital information that we get asked about almost every day that isn’t feasible for a Facebook page. The website gives us the opportunity to make that information available to the public online,” Lourens said. “It will be constantly upgraded as we go along so while it is online now, the public can expect more from that website in the coming months,” he added.
Alston also disclosed that the SCDF will soon launch a mobile app for iOs and Android smart phone users. He said the mobile app will give Carnival lovers a whole new level of accessibility and interactivity to Carnival and its activities.