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MVA, Delta begin travel agent familiarization tour

(MVA) — On Sept. 2-5, 2017, the Marianas Visitors Authority and Delta Air Lines began a three-part cycle of familiariation or fam tours for Japanese travel agents.

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Travel agents from Japan experience dining at Bubba Gump’s in Saipan on Sept. 5, 2017. Travel agents from Japan pose with a white tiger at SandCastle Saipan on Sept. 2, 2017.
H.I.S.  travel  agent  Aya  Oshinomi,  right,  tries  on  a  coconut  headdress  made  by Marianas Visitors Authority marketing specialist Keoni Hosono on Sept. 2, 2017 at Restaurant 747 in Saipan. Delta Ambassador travel agents from Japan sample fresh coconut juice while hiking with Marianas Trekking in Saipan on Sept. 3, 2017.  MVA photos
Nine travel agents participated in the first tour, which allowed them to gain firsthand knowledge of The Marianas in order to better sell the destination to potential visitors. Participating travel agencies were JTB World Vacations, HIS, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Tobu Top Tours, ST World Inv., Nissin Travel Service, and IACE Travel. The group was also joined by a representative from Delta.

“In Japan, travel agents are still very influential in helping travelers choose their destination, so bringing in agents to experience the destination themselves is one of the best ways to equip them to create new tour products,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion. “Ultimately, we want them to fall in love with The Marianas during their stay and to share that experience with their customers.”

The group inspected accommodations at Mariana Lounge, Aqua Resort Club, Kensington Hotel Saipan, GrandVrio Resort Saipan, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Pacific Islands Club, Saipan World Resort, and Kanoa Resort. Dining was experienced at 747 Dining & Bar, Hard Rock Café Saipan, Loco Taco and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Additional activities included SandCastle Saipan cocktail show, an eco-adventure tour with Marianas Trekking, marine activities at Managaha, Joyful Dinner Show at Fiesta Resort, Sea Touch marine animal encounter, shopping at T-Galleria and I Love Saipan, and a visit to the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel – Saipan casino.

The group lodged at Hyatt Regency Saipan during their tour. Two additional tours are scheduled for the coming months.