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Saipan airport ‘ambassadors’ aid arriving passengers

(MVA) — To improve the arrival experience of passengers at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, the Marianas Visitors Authority has launched the “Saipan airport ambassadors” to assist passengers through immigration processing and customs inspections.

Launched on Aug. 11, 2017, the program has airport ambassadors on duty during peak arrival hours from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. when thousands of passengers arrive from China, Korea, and other destinations.   The Marianas was recently ranked the third-fastest growing tourist destination in the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization World Tourism Barometer. Over the last 10 months the islands have received over half a million visitors.

Saipan “airport ambassadors” were deployed beginning on Aug. 11, 2017 by the Marianas Visitors Authority to assist arriving passengers during peak periods.

Saipan airport ambassadors assist arriving passengers during peak periods.

“Tourism arrivals are growing, and as we work with federal and local partners on ways to quicken immigration and customs processing, we have deployed Saipan airport ambassadors to get passengers through the airport and started on their vacation or business in The Marinas as efficiently as possible,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion.

Ambassadors will assist passengers with completing immigration and customs forms, guide them to their appropriate immigration line, assist with use of Automated Passport Control machines, and more. They can be identified by bright yellow polo shirt uniforms.

A Saipan airport ambassador assists passengers in using an Automated Passport Control machine.

Visiting passengers at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport can seek assistance for immigration and customs clearance from Saipan “airport ambassadors,” uniformed in bright yellow polo shirts.  MVA photos

Marianas Aviation Services, the only aviation services academy on Saipan, has been contracted to provide the services of the program, which is being executed in cooperation with the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

Initial project funding was provided via the MVA Korea Ad-Hoc Committee, and CPA will assume administration for the program after six months.