Sonesta SXM & Sunwing Announce Employee Support

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa in St Maarten is inoperable and will remain closed for the winter season.

To help support the region, Sonesta owners, The Maho Group, jointly with the Sunwing Travel Group are extending a 3 day paid work week to employees impacted by the closures of Great Bay as well as Maho Beach, Ocean Point, and Royal Islander Club.  

While the majority of staff will not have to report to work on a daily basis to receive this pay, some will be called upon to provide assistance in the coming weeks and will be entitled to full payment for any additional hours worked beyond the three paid days per week. 

“Sunwing has been an incredibly generous company throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Irma; their devotion to the destination and its residents is genuine and authentic,” said Saro Spadaro, President & CEO of The Maho Group. 

“In light of the passing of Hurricane Irma, and while this is a dire time for the entire destination, we respect the property’s incredibly passionate employees”, said Stephen Hunter, CEO of Sunwing Travel Group, adding that “despite the damage, we are committed to the redevelopment of the resort and look forward to contributing meaningfully to the Island’s economy.”

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