Published on : Saturday, December 30, 2017
As per Pete Perez, the board member of Okeanos Sustainable Sea Transport, there is a financial development plan regarding the Pagan volcanic island and the rest of the Northern Islands.
“Pagan right now is only occupied seasonally. People go up there and they don’t stay because they don’t have transportation,” Perez said. “There is also a plan to resettle Pagan and part of the plan includes economic development.”
Perez mentioned that the CNMI governments along with the Northern Islands are all set for developing a startegy for ecological and cultural tourism.
He stated that they will help in the resettlement process of Pagan by making the canoe accessible in terms of tourism.
The plan will focus mainly on high-end tourists who are willing to ride on a true adventure and explore authentic cultural experience.
“That experience will include sailing a traditional canoe to the Northern Islands. They will stay with a host family, either Chamorro or Carolinian, and they will have personal guides to take them around,” he said.
Perez explained that high-end tourism will be lot more dissimilar from the usual tourism “in which you get a 100 people show up, doing the same thing, going to the same place. High-end tourism is different. It is more intimate and very expensive.”
He added by saying that Pagan can only house few visitors, and Okeanos Marianas will be added as a transportation provider.
“Part of what we want to achieve for Pagan is we want the resettlement to be successful. We don’t want to ruin Pagan because it is such a beautiful place.”
Perez said that high-end tourism might not usher in a “good number” of tourists; however it also does not “destroy the place.”
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