Rolando Brison, born in St. Maarten on January 27th 1985, attended the St. Joseph Primary School and later became a proud alum of the St. Maarten Academy high school. Early in his time at the Academy, Rolando was approached by then Principal Patricia Lourens to join the debate team of the school, which was organized by the Department of Tourism.
Rolando won the local competition, and then went on to win the Caribbean Tourism Organization Youth Congress, sparking an early start to his tourism career. Having attended the InHolland University in Haarlem in the Netherlands, he returned to St. Maarten after completing his studies and obtaining his degree. He moved on to manage his own company, R&B Island Mauby, while also working at local airline Winair.
He then launched his own marketing firm, Marketing.SX, which serviced many hotels, restaurants and bars. His biggest client was the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, where for five years as Marketing Director, he oversaw record growth in both local and international participation in Carnival.
After years of gaining experience in the marketing and the tourism industry, Rolando was selected unanimously by the St. Maarten Tourism Authority to be the new Director. Since then, he has been the Director of Tourism for St. Maarten, and has made many great strides in attracting more tourism, marketing and investment to the destination.
In the onslaught of Irma in September 2017, and its aftermath, Rolando remained undeterred and immediately handled all international tourism relations for the country, and was instrumental in organizing dozens of relief flights from his contacts in the commercial airline industry that brought over 300,000 pounds of relief to the island.
He has since remained focused on ensuring that St. Maarten recovers swiftly from the devastation of Irma, to be the top tourism destination in the Caribbean once again, while still coming up with additional diverse ways of improving our tourism sector to the benefit of its people.