February 2005 Tourism insights CNMI Tourism Delegation Led by the Governor Meet with key players in the Japanese Travel Industry A senior tourism delegation, led by the Governor, visited Japan on Monday and Tuesday, February 21-22 for and talks with senior management at major Japanese airlines and Japanese travel agencies. Members of the delegation included Carlos Salas, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, Marian Aldan-Pierce, Vice- Chair of the MVA Board of Directors, two additional MVA board members Mr. Yoichi Matsumura and Mr. Ikuo Katayama, Lynn Knight, President of HANMI, and Vicky Benavente, Managing Director of the Marianas Visitors Authority. During the two-day stay in Japan, the delegation has met with top executives of all 4 major airlines — Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines and All Nippon Airways – as well as with 5 key travel agencies Governor Babauta shook hand with Mr. Sano, Managing Director, including JTB, R&C Tours, Kintetsu International, Pacific International Travel Business Corporate Strategy & Marketing Micronesia Tours, and Holiday Tours Micronesia. This Headquarters Corporation. packed schedule allowed the delegation to exchange Continued on Page 2 MVA gears up for promotional campaigns in FY 2005 INSIDE THIS ISSUE The Marianas Visitors Bisita Marianas, a 13-month Authority introduced many campaign, designed to entice Guam Travel Tour Expo...................2 promotional campaigns in the past and military travelers to Saipan, JAL Charter Flight ................2 years. A few of these campaigns Tinian, and Rota for a minimum FY05 Promotions ..................3 evolved into a program that is two-night stay while providing Upcoming Marketing Events .....3 expected from the travel trade significant value of savings in the MVA Rota ...........................3 community abroad. These Marianas Value-Pak. The Value-Pak Japan Fam Tours ..................4 campaigns provide promotional is a coupon booklet offering a Korea Fam Tours ..................4 value for the destination. As part of variety of savings from Hotel Tinian and Rota Membership this years “See My Marianas” PR accommodations, services on Meeting ............................5 campaign, these on-island optional tours, discounted meal Upcoming Events..................5 coordinated campaigns, contest and coupons and more. Coming this Tinian Turquoise Blue Events ....6 promotions will be the pinnacle in April, the MVA will launch two 2005 Sports Fest ..................7 attracting more visitors to our additional campaigns targeting the Visitor Arrivals & islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota Group and Diving markets, while Visitor Profile - Feb 2005 ....8-10 especially during the low periods of also supporting the travel agents in Si Yuus Maase Members.........11 the year. Korea in a Volume Incentive MVA’s Corner......................12 Beginning this fiscal year, the Promotion. MVA unveiled its Bisita Marianas campaign in December 2004. The Continued on Page 3 PAGE 2 TOURISM INSIGHTS Chubu Region Celebrates New Airport - Centrair Governor’s visit to In anticipation of the Japan (continued from opening of the new Chubu page 1) International Airport in various opinions and ideas with key Chubu, Japan, the Marianas players in the Japan market to Visitors Authority (MVA) and increase travel demand from the Commonwealth Ports Japan, and sustain the growth that Authority (CPA) hosted a has been experienced over the welcome ceremony for the past two years. JAL charter flight. The main purpose of the This flight was a delegation’s visit to Japan was to historical event for it was the formally request that the airlines last flight to depart from the consider increasing seat capacity old Nagoya International from Japan to the CNMI on their Airport and the first carrier regular flights, and to add to land at the brand new additional flights, either in the Chubu International Airport form of chartered services, or new called “Centrair”. This regularly scheduled services from charter flight arrived at 1:10 Japan. The CNMI in return has am on Thursday, February 17, offered a package of incentives 2005 and departed Saipan including a temporary discount on International Airport at 3:55 airport fees and promotional a.m. As part of the package, passengers received $15 discount coupon at support from key tourism partners the DFS, 5-course menu served on the Nagoya to Paris route, a free ticket in the CNMI. to the hot spring bath at the Centrair Airport Terminal and many more. Japan remains the largest JALPAK and the Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) were the main source of inbound travelers into the organizers for this special tour. This tour was advertised in two major CNMI, accounting for about three- newspapers in Japan on Feb 3 and 5 for ticket reservation. The 206 quarters of inbound tourists, and available seats were sold out as soon as the newspaper hit the stand. It the delegation’s mission to Japan was reported that hundreds of people were on standby status for this tour was designed to find ways of package. continuously cultivating this key market. MVA participates in the 12th Philippine Travel Tour Expo The Marianas Visitors destination in a Travel Agent Authority participated in the 12th Seminar hosted by Continental Travel Tour Expo held at the SM Airlines. The Guam Visitors Bureau Megamall, Manadaluyong, and the Palau Visitors Authority Philippines from February 4 – 6, were also present at this function 2005. International Business held in the Edsa-Shangri-La Hotel, Professional College (IBPC) from Manila, Philippines on February 2, Saipan participated with the MVA at 2005. Each National Tourism the event and provided assistance Organization had an opportunity to with inquiries on education facilities present their destinations product and the NCLEX program available in to 60 top management travel agents the CNMI. Over 50,000 travel specializing the Micronesia travel agents and general consumers market. attended this year’s trade show. Mr. Martin Duenas and Mr. Vince Merfalen The MVA also presented the attended to guests who visited the MVA booth at the Travel Tour Expo. PAGE 3 TOURISM INSIGHTS FY 05 Promotions (continued from page 1) The group campaign will offer benefits to arriving travel agents in Korea, is a tie-up program with Asiana groups from 20 pax or more. Airlines to increase visitor The MVA coordinated this arrivals to the CNMI. The MVA program with major travel and Asiana Airlines offer various wholesalers and retailers in incentives to travel agents to Japan, the Japan Saipan Travel increase the CNMI’s arrivals by 10 Association (JSTA), and its or 20%. By doing so, the MVA membership to provide supports travel agents by discounted privileges on assisting in advertising and Asiana shopping and fine dining Airlines by providing facilities. complimentary tickets to the The Diving Photo travel agents who exceed their Contest will attract the CNMI’s sales quotas. largest repeat visitors for a In July, the MVA will once chance to submit their again coordinate the Happy underwater photos to win Children in Paradise summer various prizes amounting from campaign. Every child 11 years $500.00 to $2,000.00. and under will receive a Saipan- Advertising of this Diving Photo da collectible. This year’s Contest has been done in Japan collectible will be a Saipan-da with two major publications, backpack with a Saipan, Tinian, Umi To Shima No Tabi and and Rota logo water bottle. The Marine Diver magazine. Umi To Shima No Tabi writer summer program will also entail a life size version of and photographer will be visiting the CNMI this month Saipan-da greeting arriving passengers at the airport for a feature of the underwater fascinations and above from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm and from 1:00 am-4:00 am daily. water tourist sites. Promoting this contest in Korea is through the Marianas On-line club, while in Greater China, it is merely providing information to those interested. The Volume Incentive Promotion, tailored for Students visits our MVA Rota Office UPCOMING MARKETING EVENTS: March 5 – 8 Korea Media Fam March 5 – 9 Kukmin Bank Incentive Group #3 March 9 – 12 Continental Taipei Travel Agent Fam March 9 – 15 Umi to Shima no Tabi March 10 – 14 Korea VIP Golf Fam March 12 – 16 Kukmin Bank Incentive Group #4 March 30 – April 2 PATA Micronesia Meetingi March (TBA) Travel & Life March (TBA) Golf Digest April 1 – 3 Marine Diving Fair April 4 – 18 STI Workshop/Travel Agent presentations, Russia Third grade students from the Sinapalo Elementary School visited the MVA April 5 – 7 Marianas Sales Seminar Japan Rota Office to collect information on MVA’s roles and responsibilities and April 13 – 15 Marianas Workshop Korea visitor arrival information. MVA Assistant Marketing Manager, Mr. Alejo Mendiola shared with the students the importance of clean environment. April (TBA) Continental Japan Agent He cited that preserving our culture and showing hospitality such as Familiarization Tour waving to our visitors will invite more visitors to our island. Mr. Mendiola shared with our students MVA’s role in promoting our destination to other Asian countries and the US Mainland. PAGE 4 TOURISM INSIGHTS MVA highlights promotional activities conducted in February for Japan Market For the month of February 2005, Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball golf properties and other related the Marianas Visitors Authority Festival, which was coordinated by products and services. At the MVA’s (MVA) hosted several media Pacific Island Club on February 26, booth, visitors received destination representatives, which and golf brochures and included television and participated on different magazine companies from types of games for a Japan. This effort chance to win a prize. resulted to a paramount The MVA also conducted of free publicity a survey to determine amounting to the awareness level of approximately the CNMI as a golf $303,781.00 targeting destination. According nationwide readership to the event organizer, and TV audience. over 45,000 visitors from TV Tokyo filmed its the trade and public annual television program came to the fair. called “King of Golf” at The MVA received the Lao Lao Bay Golf tremendous support Resort. This program from its members which focused on training fa- MVA attended the Golf Fair held on February 25-27, 2005 in resulted in mous talents to become Japan. MVA’s booth featured the CNMI as a golf destination approximately better golfer. The 30 showcasing the variety of golf courses available in the $25,000.00 worth of in- minutes show will be CNMI. kind support for the aired nationwide in Japan month of February 2005. every Saturday during the month of and 27. The event included volley- These members included Pacific April and May. “Beach Angels” ball professionals from the U.S and Island Clubs, Continental Airlines, from Television Broadcasting Sys- Japan who had played in the Olym- Chamolinian Village, PDI Marine tem were in Saipan and Rota to pics. Park, Capricciosa, Rakuen, Sand cover various tourists sites such as The MVA participated in the Castle, Aqua Resort Hotel, Saipan Teteto Beach, Swimming Hole in Golf Fair 2005 which was held at Big Sunset Cruise, Kingfisher, Saipan Rota and Saipan’s Managaha Island. Sight in Tokyo, Japan on February 25 Country Club, Mariana Resort & Lastly, the “Monthly Volleyball ~ 27, 2005. There were 189 booth Spa, Coral Ocean Point and Lao Lao Magazine” covered the 13 Annual th exhibitors, which promoted their Bay Golf Resort. Korea Travel Trade and Media Visit the Marianas The Marianas Visitors Authority Korea representative and Asiana Airlines representative from Seoul accompanied major Korea travel agents for a familiarization tour of the CNMI. Thirteen representatives from the travel trade industry, including Hana Tour, Mode Tour, Lotte Travel, Freedom Travel, Red Cap, Happy Tour, Hyundai Dream Tour, and SK Tourvis, and supporting land operators and hoteliers visited the islands of Saipan and Tinian. The representatives were given the opportunity to experience and review the activities in the Marianas that are offered to their visitors from Korea. These activities included golf, island tours, and marine sports. In addition to the travel trade visit, a group of seven media also made the trip to gather information for future news articles about the Marianas. An estimated $75,000.00 worth of exposure value was garnered for the Marianas in various consumer publications in Korea. A total combined circulation of more than 12,000,000 copies will be distributed nationwide once published in Korea. The media Fam was made up of representatives from daily newspapers, such as Chosun Daily, Joongang Daily, Don-A Daily, Hankook Daily, Daily Zoom and the Metro. The MVA members who supported these groups by providing complimentary room accommodations, transportation, meals, optional tours and services, included the Saipan World Resort, Asiana Airlines, Koreana Tours Bureau, Korean Tour Association of Saipan, Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, Lao Lao Bay Golf Resort, Jaemin Tours, Rakuen Restaurant, Tony Roma’s, and the Pacific Islands Club. PAGE 5 TOURISM INSIGHTS Tinian and Rota share future plans Upcoming Events The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) recently conducted their March 5 -6 annual general membership meetings on Tinian and Rota. 23rd Annual Micronesian Open On Tinian, Bill Cing, Chairman of the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Windsurfing Cup Commission was the guest speaker for the meeting. Mr. Cing informed the members that March 19 two companies have expressed their interest in 19th Annual American Red Cross investing in the island. “I am very optimistic with Walk-A-Thon the plans these two companies have shared with our office, which include developing a golf resort, March 19 hotel and water theme park,” said Cing. “Local 4th Saipan Invitational Swim Meet/ businesses for their part need to 27th Annual Saipan Ocean Swim work together to offer a unique cultural experience for visitors, including the availability March (TBA) Mr. Bill Cing, of local products and showcasing our culture,” he 2005 Northern Marianas Beauty Chairman, Tinian added. Pageant Casino Gaming Control Clifford Meads, Commission April 1-3/8-10 Rota Resort & Country Club general manager 5th Annual PIC/Powerade Tennis and Hiroshi Yamamoto, general manager of Rota Championship Scuba Center Rubin were guest speakers for the membership meeting on Rota. Mr. Meads who April 2 once served as the chairman for the Visitors HANMI Charity Golf Tournament Convention Bureau in Savannah, Georgia stressed the importance of a joint partnership between a April 8-10 visitors bureau, in this case the MVA and it’s The Great Tinian Cliff Fishing members. He shared renovation plans for the Derby Mr. Clifford Meads, resort, which includes additional rooms and an General Manager, upgrade of their golf course. Despite some April 9 Rota Resort and obstacles, one of which includes the current XTERRA Saipan Championship Country Club airline situation, Mr. Meads remains optimistic for the future of the island. Calista Pendergrass of Cape Air announced April 15-17 that beginning April, the airline will start using bigger aircrafts to service 24th Annual Flame Tree Arts the island. Mr. Yamamoto during his remarks shared his hopes for Rota to Festival become a top dive spot for diver enthusiast. “Despite the competition we face with other vacation destinations, April 16 the CNMI is unique in that each island offers something different for 16th Annual Tagaman Triathlon travelers to experience,” said managing director, Vicky Benavente. “In addition to the in kind contributions from our members, we would also April 17 like to thank government agencies on Tinian and Rota for their continued S.O.P.H.I.A. Walk support in our efforts to promote our islands as a premier destination, three islands, three times the fun,” Benavente said. 4th Annual TAGA Kid’s Triathlon The MVA membership is comprised of private business sectors on Saipan, Tinian and Rota. General membership meetings are held bi- April 26 annually on Saipan. In June, Saipan will be having its first general Spring 4-person Beach Volleyball membership for 2005. League PAGE 6 TOURISM INSIGHTS 6th Annual Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon & Reef Swim The 6th Annual Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon & Reef Swim was held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 on the island of Tinian. Sixty-seven swimmers and triathletes from Japan, Guam, and Saipan warmed up got ready for action. The event took place at the Taga Beach at 7:15 a.m. and ended at 11:40 a.m. There were three events in one race. The swim which consist of 1.5 km and 3.0 km, followed by the Triathlon which consist of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run. DEFENDING CHAMPION DOES IT AGAIN – As seen here, last year’s defending The three time winner from Japan, champion Matsumaru Masayuki makes his way to the finish line with a total Mr. Matumaru Masyuki defended his time of 2:03:52. title with a time of 2:03:52. Behind him was former Tagaman winner from Japan, Mr. Miyazuka Hideya who came in at 2:05:41 capturing second. Third place went to Mr. Dirk Sharer from Saipan who clocked in at 2:25:07. In the women’s division eleventh overall and first place female finisher was Ms. Susan Seay from Guam who came in at 2:44:20. Capturing second was Ms. Dawn Hammermeister from Saipan who also ranked 20th overall with a time of 2:51:01. Securing third place was Ms. Mieko Motoyoshi from Saipan with a time of 2:57:20. The awards banquet was held in the Dynasty Hall at 3:00 p.m. All the participants were greeted with a special welcome remark from the Acting Deputy Director. Also present, was Board of Director of Tinian, Mr. Martin San Nicolas. He was also there to assist with the presentation of prizes to the winners. The MVA provided manpower on logistics for all the aide stations of the event and setting up all the bike racks, banners, and the route of the race. MVA also sponsored an amount of $5,000.00 for the media advertisement in Japan. The other sponsors that supported the event were the Tinian Mayor’s Office, Tinian DPS, My Wave Club, Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino. PAGE 7 TOURISM INSIGHTS Japan Arrivals Down 15% But Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong Arrivals Are Up Triple Digits 60,000 For the month of February, the CNMI welcomed a total of 50,000 46,356 visitors, a 2.12% decline as compared to February 2004 figures. The travel markets showing an 40,000 increase in arrivals were Korea, Guam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and 30,000 others. Arrivals from Japan and the Philippines showed a decline of 15% and 14% respectively for the month 20,000 of February. Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong 10,000 were the top market performers for the month. Both Taiwan and Hong Kong posted a 433% and 138% growth - Feb-04 Mar-04 Apr-04 May-04 Jun-04 Jul-04 Aug-04 Sep-04 Oct-04 Nov-04 Dec-04 Jan-05 Feb-05 respectively. This was attributed to the resumption of direct flights from result of the ten additional flights daily flights from Tokyo, Japan to Hong Kong and Taiwan on Continental brought in from Asiana Airlines due Saipan. Northwest Airlines continues Airlines. to strong demand of the destination to use a 747 aircraft for its flights Arrivals from China registered from travelers in Korea. Travel from Tokyo but with a different seat a 169% increase, which was due agents from Korea reported that configuration from 430 seats to 350 primarily to the celebration of many travelers diverted their travel seats. As a result, 30,040 visitors Chinese New Year in February. This plans to the CNMI from Southeast arrived from Japan, a 28% decrease holiday period is traditionally a peak Asia due to the Tsunami disaster in seat capacity from Tokyo. Lastly, month for outbound travel in China. which occurred in December 2004. the number of seats from Nagoya The China Eastern Airlines had three The CNMI’s primary travel also experienced a reduction of 48% extra flights from China to Saipan market, Japan registered a 15% compared to the same month the due to the high travel demand for decline compared to February 2004. previous year. The number of daily the CNMI during the Chinese New This decline was impacted from the flights from this region was cutback Year. changes in types of aircraft from from two to one flight, when The number of visitor arrivals Tokyo and Nagoya when arrival Continental Airlines terminated from Korea posted a double digit figures were compared to February direct flights from Nagoya to Saipan increase of 14% when compared with 2004. Japan Airlines changed its in April 2004. February 2004. This increase was a aircraft from 747 to DC-10 on the 4 0 ,0 0 0 500% 3 5 ,0 0 0 400% 3 0 ,0 0 0 300% 2 5 ,0 0 0 2 0 ,0 0 0 200% 1 5 ,0 0 0 100% 1 0 ,0 0 0 0% 5 ,0 0 0 - -100% JA PA N KOREA C H IN A GUA M USA PI HK TWN OTHER 2005 30,040 7 ,3 2 8 3,862 1 ,8 4 6 1,743 302 331 224 680 2004 35,416 6 ,4 3 4 1,435 1 ,4 0 9 1,747 353 139 42 387 % c hge -15% 14% 169% 31% 0% -14% 138% 433% -43% PAGE 8 TOURISM INSIGHTS By Gender VISITOR PROFILE This section provides a summary of key trends from Japan for the month of February 2005. Male 55% JAPAN Female n For the month of February 2005, the gender 45% breakdown were 55 percent males and 45 percent females. Both males and females showed decline in arrivals for the month compared February 2004. The largest age By Age and Gender group was the 20-24, accounting for 19.22 4000 percent of the total arrivals from Japan. The Male Female second largest age group was followed by the 3500 25-29 age group capturing 13.13 percent of the 3000 Japan market. Females continued to dominate 2500 these age groups accounting for 58 percent of this age group. In terms of arrivals, all age 2000 group posted decline in arrivals for the month 1500 compared to February 2004. 1000 n 55.36 percent our visitors were on their first 500 visit to the CNMI. 35.09 percent had visited 0 the CNMI before. -34 -39 -44 -49 -54 -24 -29 -59 9 r1 r 30 35 40 45 50 20 25 55 ve n Friends, business associates, tour group and de dO Un an spouse were the top four selections in travel 60 companion. However, in terms of arrivals, Travel Plans traveling with parents/grandparents and other family members posted increases for the 90.00% month. 80.00% 67.75% 70.00% n Packaged tours continued to be the main type 60.00% of travel arrangement. Group tours was the 50.00% only selection that received an increase 40.00% compared to February 2004. 30.00% 19.03% 20.00% 14.29% 13.95% n The top four selections in travel plans during 10.00% their stay included pleasure (67.75%), golf 0.00% (19.03%), diving (14.29%), and company Pleasure Golf Diving Company trip (13.95%). Travel Motivations Trip n The most popular factors in choosing the CNMI 30.00% were travel agents (25.75%), followed by 25.75% climate (23.95%), friends/relatives (20.00%), 25.00% 23.95% and short flight time (17.18%). Price was not 20.00% selected as one of the top four selection while 20.00% 17.18% friends/relatives made it to the top four 15.00% selection. 10.00% 5.00% 0.00% Travel Agents Climate Friends/Relatives Short flight time PAGE PAGE 7 9 TOURISM INSIGHTS TOURISM INSIGHTS By Gender VISITOR PROFILE Male This section provides a summary of key trends from 49% Korea for the month of February 2005. KOREA Female n Unlike the month of January 2005, there were 51% more females than males for the month of February 2005. The gender distribution was 51 By Age and Gender percent females and 49percent males visitors 900 from Korea. Females posted a 14.20 percent 800 Male Female increase, while males posted a 13.78 percent 700 increase compared to February 2004. February 600 also indicated that it is a popular month for 500 family travel based on the age group. The largest age group wasthe 19 and under which 400 captured 22.58 percent of the total arrivals. 300 The second largest age group was followed by 200 the 30-34 age group capturing 17.52 percent of 100 the Korean market. Females dominated the 20- 0 34 age category accounting for 61 percent of -24 -29 -34 -39 -44 -49 -54 -59 9 the arrivals from this age group. The 55-59 age r r1 ve 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 de dO Un group recorded the highest increase of 24.10 an 60 percent compared to February 2004. Other age Travel Plans groups that posted tremendous growth were 35- 100.00% 39 (+22.86%), and 60 and over (+15.97%). 89.98% n 72.08 percent of our visitors were on their first 80.00% visit to the CNMI. 23.52 percent had visited the CNMI before. There was a growth of 10.17 60.00% percent in repeat visit to the CNMI compared to the same month last year. 40.00% n Friends, business associates, and tour group were the top three selections in travel 20.00% 9.65% 6.64% 3.26% companion. However, traveling with spouse, other family members, and parents/ 0.00% grandparents tour group posted increases for Pleasure Golf Honeymoon Diving the month compared to the same month last year. Travel Motivations n The top three selections in travel plans during 60.00% their stay included pleasure (89.98%), golf 50.00% 49.80% (9.65%), and honeymoon (6.64%). For the 40.00% month of February 2005, visiting friends and relatives received the highest growth rate of 30.00% 39.68 percent compared to February 2004. 20.00% 13.98% n The most popular factors in choosing the CNMI 9.73% 10.00% 6.90% were travel agents (49.80%), followed by friends/relatives (13.98%), previous trip 0.00% (9.73%) and short flight time (6.90%). p ts e s tri en ive tim us Ag lat ht io Re el ev lig av s/ tf Pr Tr nd or ie Sh Fr PAGE 8 TOURISM INSIGHTS PAGE 10 TOURISM INSIGHTS Maase Yuus MVA recognizes the following members for their generous inkind Si contributions for our programs for the month of February 2005. Our members’ continued support enables MVA to amplify our advertising and marketing efforts abroad to the travelling pub- lic. For the month, total contributions amounted to $33,366.15 which consist of gift certificates, complimentary and discounted accommodations, meals, and optional tours. MVA appreciates your continued support and partnership to promote the CNMI as the destination of choice. Company Amount Aqua Resort Club 825.00 Asiana Airlines 5,200.00 Budget Car Rental 209.85 Capricciosa Restaurant 70.00 Caronel 60.00 Century Tour 160.00 Continental Airlines 7,500.00 Coral Ocean Point Resort Club 35.00 Dai-Ichi Hotel Saipan Beach 1,095.00 DFS Galleria Saipan 2,283.30 Hotel Nikko Saipan 336.00 Kingfisher Golf Links 1,950.00 Kinpachi Restaurant 100.00 Korean Tour Bureau 240.00 L.I.F.E. 150.00 LaoLao Bay Golf 2,793.00 Marianas Trekking 108.00 Microl Corporation 300.00 Pacific Eagle 32.00 Pacific Islands Club 1,534.00 Pacific Subsea 300.00 Rakuen Restaurant 103.00 Saipan Sea Ventures, Inc. 228.00 Saipan Sunset Cruise, Inc. 240.00 Saipan World Resort 2,160.00 Sandcastle Saipan 210.00 Tasi Tours & Transp 136.00 Tinian Dynasty 4,958.00 Verizon 50.00 TOTAL CONTRIBUTION FOR FEB 2005 $33,366.15 Details of contributions received from Members are updated regularly by our Accounting Division. Figures and events listed above were posted as of publication date. MVA’s CORNER Students join the MVA Team Birthday Shout Out !!!! Page 11 The Marianas Visitors Authority, together with the Northern Marianas College and the Marianas High School (MHS) Cooperative Education program, welcomed 3 students into the workforce for a period of three months. During their time with the MVA, the students will gain experience in the Public Relations and Community Programs, Research, Marketing and Tasia Bocago, MHS student intern, Administrative divisions of MVA. takes a break from her accounting work and smiles for the camera. February 28 - Martin Duenas Jean Ballesteros, NMC student, is completing her internship with MVA to satisfy the Tourism Practicum Training class at “Through this internship, the Goodbye and Good Luck the college. In May 2006 she will students will not only gain working be completing her Associate of Arts experience, but also obtain a more on your future degree in Hospitality Management. detailed perspective about the endeavors!!! “I enjoy the working environment tourism industry.” stated Vicky at MVA because the employees are Benavente, Managing Director for Edgar Johnson, so friendly,” stated Ballesteros. MVA. “We hope that this Community Development Specialist II Tasia Bocago and Joshua opportunity will broaden their Public Relations & Community Tumaquip are both students of the knowledge of the various components of the global travel Programs Division on Saipan (2/28/05) MHS Cooperative Educational class. Initially, both students met with and tourism industry and also MVA personnel at the MHS Career encourage them to share their Fair in January and were knowledge with their peers at the interviewed by MVA as well as other high school and college level. “ Congratulations government and private organizations. “Working here gave MR. ED DIAZ !!! me an understanding of what MVA does,” stated Tumaquip. “I am Ed was named the February Male glad that I could help out as much Athlete of the Month based on his as I can.” Bocago and Tumaquip performance and sportsmanship on are in their senior year of high school and will be graduating in the Government Basketball League. June of this year. Tourism Insights is a monthly newsletter designed to bring you the latest programs and events conducted by the Marianas Visitors Authority. Tourism Insights is available online at www.mymarianas.com (under the MVA Members’ section). 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