- Category: My Marianas
17 Mar 2017
(MVA) — The Marianas Visitors Authority participated in the 25th Guangzhou International Travel Fair on Feb. 23-25, 2017, at China Import and Export Fair Complex, joining 980 other tourism-related vendors from 51 countries and regions in reaching out to professional buyers and the traveling public. The Marianas also took top honors by winning the Most Popular Island Destination Award.
“By participating in the Guangzhou International Travel Fair, we showed our abundant tourism resources, cultural customs, local products and diverse variety of activities,” said MVA marketing manager Bruce Bateman. “At the same time, we promoted theme tours, such as honeymoon, senior anniversary tours, parent-child tours and sport tours to further raise awareness and popularity of the Marianas in the South China tourism market and to attract higher yielding tourists to visit Saipan, Tinian and Rota to fully enjoy the beauty of these islands.”
In calendar year 2016, the number of Chinese travelers to the Marianas totaled 208,536, accounting for 39 percent of the total annual visitors and making China the top source market for the year. In 2016, the Marianas ranked fifth in “The top 100 travel destinations where Chinese people are longing to travel to” in a questionnaire survey conducted by China National Tourism Administration.
Also last year, MVA was awarded the “Destination with the Most Potential” by the National Tourism Awards.
At the Guangzhou International Travel Fair, MVA touted its March series of major sporting events, including the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Saipan, XTERRA Saipan (March 18) and Saipan Marathon 2017 (March 25). Saipan Marathon has been certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distances Races by the International Association of Athletics Federation, which is the mark of sports events that meet full international standards.
MVA also touted the convenience of travelling to the Marianas. In addition to existing non-stop flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, nearly 20 other cities in China have connections to Saipan with only one stop.