GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said his administration and the Mariana Visitors Authority are working to revive Japan’s 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 making travel arrangements suitable for both Japan and the CNMI.
“At the end of the day, they know we are safe. And we want them to visit us,” he added.
He noted that the recent signing of a new 40-year land lease between the Department of Public Lands and the Hyatt Regency Saipan was a “strong statement” for CNMI’s Japanese market and Japanese businesses.
“They will see that we value long-term partnerships with our business partners,” Torres said.
He also said that reviving the tourism industry is key to economic recovery and creating new job opportunities.
Regarding the current travel bubble program with South Korea, Torres said more tourists will arrive in CNMI in the coming months and more airlines have expressed interest in adding Saipan to their itineraries.
In the meantime, the governor is encouraging community members to continue practicing the 3Ws – wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands – to ensure the Commonwealth remains one of the safest destinations in the world amid the Covid-19 pandemic.