MVA, GVB to meet, share tourism strategies

THE Marianas Visitors Authority leadership plans to meet with their counterparts in Guam to strengthen a partnership to benefit the islands’ tourism industries.

MVA general manager Chris Concepcion and his deputy managing director Judy Torres will be accompanied by MVA board members led by chairperson Gloria Cavanagh.

The meeting is set for February 23 in Guam.

Concepcion said they would discuss the flight reductions, especially in the Japan market.

There are challenges that both MVA and the Guam Visitors Bureau share in the tourism industry, he said.

“We would like to work together and come up with strategies to promote both our islands,” he said.

While MVA recognizes Guam as a competitor, it is also CNMI’s partner and friend, he added.

Cavanagh, for her part, said they have similar problems with long waiting lines of arriving tourists at the airport.

“We can share information and challenges because we have similar issues,” she said.

She said MVA also wants to promote partnership in bringing visitors from Guam to Saipan and vice versa.

However, she said there’s always been a constraint with the high cost of airfare.

“Lots of people, including locals in Guam want to come to Saipan but tickets cost the same as they do going to Manila,” Cavanagh said.

Concepcion said after their meeting with GVB they might also meet with tourism stakeholders in Palau.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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