20 Nov 2014

Japan recession no threat to CNMI tourism

2:40 pm on 20 November 2014

The Northern Marianas Visitors Authority says visitor arrivals from its key tourism market of Japan will remain steady for at least the next three months, despite Japan slipping into recession.

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach Photo: RNZ / Mark Rabago

Its managing director, Perry Tenorio, says its Japan office has analysed tourism indicators, and believes travel from Japan is not expected to decline in the next few months.

The office of governor Eloy Inos says it is closely monitoring economic reports out of Japan.

It says while the CNMI is concerned with the situation in Japan, it is confident that its diversified portfolio, including South Korea, China and Russia, will soften the blow of a possible decline in Japanese tourists.