MVA official to tourists: Visit us again

MARIANAS Visitors Authority board member Jerry Tan believes there is no need to take a different approach in marketing the typhoon-devastated CNMI as a tourist destination.

“I think we need to update our partners in the source countries such as Japan Korea, China that after the typhoon we are able to restore our destination and we’re inviting them to visit us again,” he said.

Tan, whose company owns several hotels, said it is important to promote the Marianas again, but they also need to make sure there will  be no misinformation. Jerry Tan

“We should give our partners the confidence that we are able to restore our destination and we are ready to welcome them back,” he added.

For his part, Gov. Ralph Torres said it is important to start showcasing the CNMI again as a tourist destination in the Pacific.

Press Secretary Kevin Bautista said the governor’s office, MVA and other stakeholders have been meeting for the last several weeks to ensure that the CNMI remains viable as a tourist destination.

Tan said the MVA management should look into its budget and find out whether it has sufficient funds to promote and market the CNMI.

“If we don’t have enough, then we need to ask but we have to justify it,” he added.

Tan noted that the tourist sites on the northern part of the island have already been cleaned and renovated.

Asked about a possible supplemental budget for MVA’s promotion and marketing efforts, Bautista said if there is a need for it, the administration will support it.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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