Published on : Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Marianas Visitors Authority, which is expecting a $1.4 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year, will “reintroduce” the Marianas to its primary tourism markets, which are South Korea, China, and Japan.
“We need to show that our destination has now recovered from the typhoon,” said MVA board vice chair Gloria Cavanagh.
Gloria said that Typhoon Yutu, which hit Saipan and Tinian in October, brought in flight cancellations, temporary hotel closures and a significant reduction in hotel occupancy tax collections.
Due to the budget deficit, MVA’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2019 has declined from $15.8 million to $14.6 million.
Cavanagh said that MVA will have to seek support from its industry partners.
The chair of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cavanagh said that HANMI will help settle some of the costs of MVA’s promotion programs.
Cavanagh said that they assessed ongoing projects including the renovation of the railings at the Bird Sanctuary, the Rota destination sign at Tatgua Curve and the observation deck at Taga Stone Quarry.
In January this year, MVA said that arrivals to Saipan, Tinian and Rota dropped by 33 percent compared to the 55,249 visitors in January last year.