CNMI revisiting Japan market as it prepares for tourism reopening

Gov. Torres taps private sector to help with economic recovery initiatives

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers met Tuesday to discuss the council’s economic initiatives and revitalization projects. Photo courtesy of the Office of the CNMI Governor.

Saipan-- With its planned travel bubble with South Korea still up in the air,

the CNMI is revisiting its ties with Japan as the commonwealth prepares to welcome tourists back this summer.

While the CNMI aims to diversity its economy, Gov. Ralph Torres said tourism remains the backbone of the commonwealth's economy.

Commonwealth officials earlier announced its travel bubble plan with South Korea but the Korean Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport has yet to respond to the CNMI’s proposal.

Torres noted that the CNMI has historical and significant economic and tourism relations with Japan, and his economic advisers have determined this is the right time to re-engage the Japan market as the islands prepare to safely open their borders.

The Marianas Visitors Authority recently reopened its representative office in Japan in preparation for the resumption of travel tentatively slated for this summer