26 Oct 2017

CNMI tourism body pulls back activity after budget cut

8:42 am on 26 October 2017
A snorkeler enjoys the waters of the CNMI

A snorkeler enjoys the waters of the CNMI Photo: MVA

The tourism authority in the Northern Marianas has been forced to cancel some of its events due to a slashed budget.

The Marianas Visitors Authority's budget was cut by $US1.6 million to fund other programmes including the acquisition of a fire truck.

The authority's director Chris Concepcion said the amount represented a big chunk of its budget.

He said the authority may have to reduce marketing and promotions abroad.

The budget for fiscal year 2018 is $US15 million which comes mostly from hotel occupancy tax.

The authority's chair and the Hotel Association president Gloria Cavanagh suggested the government enforce tax on guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments to make up for the loss.