September 27 is World Tourism Day | Business

The Marianas Visitors Authority joins the global travel and tourism community to celebrate World Tourism Day on Monday 27 September by hosting a range of activities in Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

MVA’s board of directors earlier this month approved an allocation of $ 15,000 for these activities.

Marianas Visitors Authority Chief Executive Priscilla Maratita Iakopo said the festivities will begin at 8:30 am with a one-hour beautification cleanup in Saipan, Tinian and Rota, to which companies and other groups have been invited.

At 9, MVA, in collaboration with the Museum of History and Culture of the Northern Mariana Islands, will celebrate CNMI Museum Day by offering guided tours of the museum to underline the importance of promoting history for tourism.

High school members of the Marianas Youth Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically, or MY WAVE, Club will take the first tour from 9:00 to 11:00

Tour partners can take advantage of free tours from 11am to 1pm, while the public can visit the museum from 1pm to 5pm

CNMI Covid-19 protocols will be observed, including social distancing.

In the evening, the celebrations will continue with the World Tourism Day 5K Sunset Fun Run in Saipan. Registration will open at 17:00 at the Mina’chom Atdao pavilion at Kilili Beach Park.

The ride will begin at 6pm along the Saipan Beach Road Pathway, continuing to Quartermaster Road and back.

In Rota, the ride will begin at 5:30 pm in East Harbor, continuing to Kokomo and back.

In Tinian, the ride will also begin at 5:30 PM at Taga Beach, proceeding along Broadway to the intersection with Tinian International Airport and back.

Registration is free and World Tourism Day T-shirts will be distributed while stocks last.

The men’s and women’s divisions will receive these cash prizes: $ 300 for first place, $ 200 for second, and $ 100 for third.

As part of the celebration of Cultural Heritage Month, attendees are encouraged to wear Chamorro and Carolinian clothing. Up for grabs for the winning outfits are in-kind and cash prizes of $ 100 for first place, $ 75 for second and $ 50 for third.

“As tourism is slowly picking up in the Marianas, we are also reporting events for our community and for the few visitors that arrive,” said Martin Duenas, MVA’s community project manager.

“Thanks to the strict guidelines of our Covid-19 Task Force and strong community cooperation to maintain security, we are able to do this. We invite everyone to celebrate World Tourism Day in support of what tourism means for our community of Marianne, “he added.

For more information on World Tourism Day activities, contact MVA Community Projects Specialist Jack Aranda at [email protected] or 664-4210 on Saipan; MVA Field Operations Supervisor David Atalig at [email protected] or 532-0327 on Rota; MVA Field Operations Supervisor Vida Borja at [email protected] or 433-9465 on Tinian.

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