January 14, 2022

governor, MVA works on NMI-Japan travel bubble | New

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said his administration and the Marianas Visitors Authority are working to revive the Japanese tourism market.

“We are communicating with Japan,” he said, noting some similarities and differences between the current travel bubble deal with South Korea and a potential deal with Japan.

A key factor, he added, is the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Japan.

For the Japan travel bubble to work, the governor said they need to be more specific in travel arrangements that work for both Japan and CNMI.

“At the end of the day, they know we’re safe. And we want them to visit, ”he added.

He noted that the recent signing of a new 40-year land lease between the Department of Public Lands and Hyatt Regency Saipan was a “strong statement” for CNMI’s Japanese market and Japanese companies.

“They will see that we value long term partnerships with our business partners,” Torres said.

He also said that reviving the tourism industry is the key to economic recovery and creating more employment opportunities.

Regarding the current travel bubble program with South Korea, Torres said more tourists will arrive at CNMI in the coming months and more airlines have expressed interest in adding Saipan to their itineraries.

In the meantime, the governor encourages community members to continue practicing 3Ws – wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands – to keep the Commonwealth one of the safest destinations in the world in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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