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CNMI seeks to beef up edu-tourism

Updated: Apr 21

By Pacific Island Times News Staff


Saipan – Known for its sun-and-sand appeal, Saipan is being shaped as a study destination as well.

“Edu-tourism – and especially the opportunity to learn English – has been a niche market of the MVA for decades, and we find it to be growing in popularity through the years,” said Christopher A. Concepcion, managing director of the Marianas Visitors Authority.

"We will be introducing a variety of local programs where attendees can enjoy learning English in the relaxed environment and free-spirited culture of our islands," he added.

MVA will participate in the 55th International Education & Career Fair Korea 2024 on April 27 and 28 in Seoul, South Korea.

At the exhibition, the MVA will meet with attendees looking for overseas study opportunities and will highlight various English language training programs in the Northern Marianas.  An estimated 25,000 people are expected to attend.

“Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the International Education & Career Fair Korea has had 1.5 million attendees since its inception in 1992, we know it’s a prime opportunity for reaching this market and let them know that the Marianas is the United States – with native English speakers - just four and a half hours away from Seoul," Concepcion said.

The fair provides a platform for exchanging information on overseas study, language courses, internships, employment opportunities, and more.

Renowned for its credibility, the fair sees the direct participation of tourism boards, embassies, cultural centers from various countries, as well as school representatives from top institutions worldwide.

Travel agency representatives such as Yellow Balloon Tour and My Real Trip will conduct consultations at the Marianas Visitors Authority booth, offering various benefits including special discounts for on-site bookings. 

MVA said most English camps in the CNMI offer a fulfilling and enriching schedule where participants attend classes alongside local students at schools throughout Saipan.  After classes, participants engage in diverse activities around the island during after-school hours.


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