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MVA, Asiana host Japan travel agent ‘fam’ tour

(MVA) — In support of convenient flight connections to the Marianas from Sendai, Japan, the Marianas Visitors Authority and Asiana Airlines recently hosted travel agents from the Japanese city on a familiarization or fam tour of the Marianas.

Representatives from seven travel agencies and Asiana were in Saipan on June 24-27, to gather information that will aid them in selling the destination to travelers.

Representatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan, conduct a site inspection of Aqua Resort Club on June 26, 2018.Representatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan, conduct a site inspection of Aqua Resort Club on June 26, 2018.

“Visitors from the Sendai area in Japan have an easy connection to the Marianas on Asiana Airlines via Incheon International Airport in Seoul,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion. 

“Our goal is to grow arrivals from this primary city in Japan, and giving these key travel agents an opportunity to experience the Marianas for themselves is an important part of that strategy. They had a packed itinerary while here and now have a full repertoire of accommodations and attractions — as well as a sense of our island charm — that they can use to sell the Marianas.”

Representatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan dine at Naked Fish Bar & Grill on June 25, 2018.Representatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan dine at Naked Fish Bar & Grill on June 25, 2018.

The group lodged at Hyatt Regency Saipan and conducted hotel inspections there and at Pacific Islands Club Saipan, Kanoa Resort Saipan, Saipan World Resort, Grandvrio Resort Saipan, Aqua Resort Club, Kensington Hotel Saipan, and Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Activities and attractions during the fam tour included stand up paddling with Marianas Trekking, shopping at T Galleria and I Love Saipan, a tour of Managaha, inspection of Mariana Lounge, SeaTouch marine animal encounter, Jetovator, and a tour of scenic and historic sites in Marpi.  Dining establishments visited included Surf Club, Naked Fish Bar & Grill, and Fiesta Resort’s Joyful Dinner Show.

Representatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan, visit award-winning Managaha on June 26, 2018.  MVA photosRepresentatives of travel agencies and Asiana Airlines from Sendai, Japan, visit award-winning Managaha on June 26, 2018. MVA photos

Participant tour agencies were Tour Wave, Fukushima Kotsu Kanko, Yamagata Chuo Kanko, Japan Tourist Service, Tabino Recipe, and World Travel Center.

Asiana flies to Saipan from Incheon International Airport seven times a week.