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MVA hasn’t received full share of January-May hotel occupancy tax collections

THE Marianas Visitors Authority received $1.002 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 from its share of the hotel occupancy tax, but as of July 25, 2019, it had not received its full share from Jan. 2019 to May 2019 amounting to $4.75 million, according to a report MVA submitted to the Legislature.

As of Aug. 13, 2019, the latest amount that MVA received from the central government was $480,000 which was remitted on July 31, 2019, Variety learned.

The report also mentioned MVA’s ongoing projects, which include the flower islands project master plan. This is a long- and short-term landscape design which will help rejuvenate and refresh the image of Saipan, Tinian and Rota, MVA said.

It added that the project will help enhance the beauty of the three main islands by incorporating trees and colorful flowers into the landscape architecture.

MVA said it is preparing and planting flowers and trees in collaboration with the mayor’s offices of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

MVA’s other projects on Saipan include landscaping and maintenance services on Beach Road and Coral Tree Avenue in Garapan; lifeguard, security, maintenance, and cleaning services at selected tourist sites; and Garapan area trash collection service.

In addition, MVA said it supports the NMI Museum of History and Culture, the Garapan Heritage Trail, 500 Sails, and the Rota mayor’s Mt Sabana 360 View Lookout project.

On Tinian, MVA said its projects include the observation deck lookout, the Taga Beach ladder replacement, the enhancement of Okinawa Memorial and Suicide Cliff, maintenance and upkeep of tourist sites and directional signs, and landscaping and flower planting at the Broadway Rotunda.

On Rota, MVA said its projects include the “ROTA” monumental sign and the Bird Sanctuary railing and pavilion.