CNMI remains a safe, fun destination for visitors - Governor

5:40 am on 5 December 2018

In an effort to lure back tourists, the governor of the Northern Marianas has announced they remain a safe destination to visit.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas. Photo: Supplied

Ralph Torres said the CNMI was open to visitors from around the world.

He assured tourism partners that recovery from October's Typhoon Yutu was proceeding steadily with the assistance of the federal government.

Arrival numbers to the CNMI dropped 34 percent in October.

Just over 32,000 visitors arrived compared to nearly 49,000 the previous year.

Saipan's International Airport was closed following the October 24 storm but it resumed daytime operations on November 15 and 24-hour operations five days later.

The Visitor's Authority estimates about 25 percent of hotels rooms in the CNMI were impacted by Yutu.

Mr Torres said while a significant amount of tree and debris-clearing was continuing, major tourist sites were open.

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