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Christmas season starts at Hyatt

HYATT Regency Saipan officially started the Christmas season with the lighting of its 20-foot Christmas tree on Sunday in the hotel lobby.

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Hyatt Regency Saipan general manager Nick Nishikawa, right, poses for a photo in front of the 20-foot Christmas tree in the hotel lobby with Make-A-Wish children, “Santa Claus,” and 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto, left, Sunday.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members pose for a photo with Hyatt Regency Saipan staff, children, other guests, and 2019 Miss Marianas Shanon Sasamoto on Sunday in the hotel lobby.
The Marianas High School Glee Club members perform a Christmas Carol during the Christmas tree lighting event on Sunday in the lobby of Hyatt Regency Saipan. 	Photos by Dads Maluyo

Hotel staff gave away candy to guests while the Saipan Community School choir and the Marianas High School Glee Club performed Christmas carols.

Nick Nishikawa, general manager, Hyatt Regency Saipan, said his Christmas wish is for the CNMI government to grant the 15-year land lease extension of the hotel.

“We have two more years left, but I hope to have many more years to celebrate with the local community,” he added.

The current lease of the Hyatt, which is celebrating its 39th anniversary on Saipan, ends in Dec. 2021.

For the next two years, Nishikawa said the Hyatt will continue to provide quality services to tourists, its other customers and the local community.

Also participating in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony were Make-A-Wish Foundation representatives and “Wish” kids.

The foundation is one of the beneficiaries of the Hyatt’s fundraising events.

“We always invite the kids from the foundation to celebrate with us because they enjoy switching on the lights of the Christmas tree,” Nishikawa said.

He noted that everybody enjoys December. “I like December because it’s the season of hope and giving.”