Governor, MVA meet with Japan market stakeholders; reaffirm commitment

(Press Release) — On Monday, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, and the management and board of directors of the Marianas Visitors Authority met with about 20 key community stakeholders of the CNMI’s Japan market to reaffirm the Marianas’ commitment to the islands’ oldest market.

“The purpose of the meeting was to provide updates regarding our discussions with interested airlines in Tokyo for our Japan stakeholders. While we did not divulge those discussions due to nondisclosure agreements, we are cognizant of our community’s concerns, and we are prioritizing the needs for an airline to serve Japan and to revitalize the market,” Governor Torres said.

The meeting was attended by Consul Kinji Shinoda, JTB Pacific Micronesia Tours general manager Masaru Sunaga, DFS Japan sales manager Kazu Koyama, PDI president and chairman of Japan Saipan Travel Association Masa Takahashi, and several Japanese businesses and tour agencies.

“It is important to have our local stakeholders and partners involved in the process of finding viable airlines to service our Japan market. The Marianas tourism industry was built by Japanese investment over 40 years ago, and our histories and cultures remain intertwined,” MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion said.

“The administration, MVA, and the Legislature all agree that we will be making this market a high priority in the months ahead, particularly with the pullout of Delta Air Lines in May. I met with MVA and CPA [the Commonwealth Ports Authority] last week to discuss ways to ensure airlift from Japan continues — whether that be Delta or through other airlines. We are making great strides in those talks, and we will be updating the community soon. Whatever resources we have will be prioritized for the Japanese market,” Governor Torres emphasized.

“MVA thanks Governor Torres and Lt. Governor Hocog for their steadfast support of the Japan market. Their pledge to utilize all available resources at their disposal to revitalize this key market is welcome news for all stakeholders. This is what the market needs to hear. MVA is in aggressive talks with airlines wishing to fly from Japan to the CNMI, and we will not rest until we secure new service. This is at the forefront of our efforts at this time,” Concepcion said.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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