Northern Mariana Islands ranked third-fastest growing tourist destination globally

Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Northern Mariana IslandsThe Northern Mariana Islands was ranked the third-fastest growing tourist destination in the world, as per the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicated that destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists in the first four months of 2017. This figure is 21 million more from the same period in 2016, representing a 6 percent increase in worldwide arrivals. International arrivals were positive overall throughout the world.

To quote UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “As we celebrate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, we welcome the continued development of tourism and recall that with growth comes increased responsibility to ensure tourism can contribute to sustainability in all its three pillars — economic, social and environmental. Growth is never the enemy and it is our responsibility to manage it in a sustainable manner.”

The UNWTO forecasted positive prospects for the May-August period for the world tourism market. Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion said the latest ranking is a collective accomplishment for the CNMI.

Concepcion said, “The Marianas Visitors Authority is extremely pleased to see The Marianas ranked the third-fastest growing tourist destination in the world by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. This sets us apart from hundreds of competing destinations in our region and from around the world, and we are very honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization like the UNWTO. We commend all tourism industry stakeholders in the CNMI and abroad for this tremendous accomplishment.”

“We will continue our efforts in partnership with all stakeholders in the private and public sectors. We extend our gratitude to Governor Torres, Lt. Governor Hocog, the Senate, and the House for their continued support and for ensuring the MVA is adequately funded, so that we are able to carry out our mission of promoting the CNMI to the world,” he added.


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