Pacific Islands Club opens 50-foot waterslide

THE Pacific Islands Club Saipan formally opened its 50-foot-high waterslide with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

“I want to make PIC Saipan the ‘must-go’ place for the family market,” its newly appointed general manager Gloria Cavanagh said.

“In order to achieve this, we will focus on rebuilding our brand identity through the development of more and different sea activities, games and show programs which will promote PIC as a vivid, active, friendly and family-oriented hotel.”

She said PIC has “all the fun you can imagine.”

The waterslide is the first addition to the PIC waterpark since the installation of Point Break in 1998, she added.

Micronesia Resort Inc. or MRI president and chief executive officer Matthew Park said the idea for a giant slide came from the guests themselves who participated in a survey. He said it took a year and a half to complete the waterslide.

“The PIC waterslide joins the many attractions in our waterpark which include Point Break, Lazy River Park, the climbing wall, archery, golf, basketball, tennis, beach volleyball, sailing and many more,” Cavanagh said.

In order to be more competitive, she said they will focus on their product.

In 2017, Cavanagh added, PIC started renovating the bathrooms of its Tinian and Rota wings. “We are also planning on enhancing our facilities to include our guestrooms, waterpark and public areas. This will not all happen in a day, but I am dedicated to reaching these goals. I am here to support my staff and management to reach these goals. I believe we can do this through the PIC TOPS program: Total quality experience, which includes customer service and an employee focus; Open and effective communications; Prudent financial management; and Safety, security, and sanitation.”

She said MRI, owner of PIC, is also dedicated to improving the livelihood of the island. Ten percent of their annual net income will go to a corporate social responsibility unit which will invest it in the community, she added.

“This is a very important consideration in my move to PIC Saipan. I am dedicated to always working to improving our islands and our people’s lives.”

Cavanagh served as general manager of Mariana Resort and Spa for over seven years.

Thursday was her first day on the job as PIC’s general manager. “I am excited and honored to be welcomed to the PIC family,” she added.

Park said Cavanagh will be a good addition to the PIC family. “She is highly qualified as a general manager,” he added.

In his remarks, Saipan Mayor David Apatang congratulated PIC for its six-story waterslide. “This is an attraction that will surely bring in more visitors and island residents. Thank you for this structure that will, like many others on island, put our island on the map of the best destinations to visit.”

At the same time, the mayor congratulated Cavanagh, “the new captain of this magnificent resort.”

He added, “You have your hands full, but I am sure that with your vast experience in hospitality and tourism, this job will be a joy every day for you. Please call on me on me if you need a moment to share ideas, concerns, plans, and anything to make our island the safest and the most beautiful place in our region and the world.”

Source: Marianas Variety :

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