Rota can expect an influx of Japanese tourists after Pacific Development, Inc. announced plans to continue its charter flights to the CNMI's southernmost island from 2013 to 2014.
This development comes within the same month that the tour company reached another milestone when its 50th charter flight recently landed in the Northern Marianas.
Company president Takahiro Tomie, who has been at the helm of PDI's operations since December 2011, informed Marianas Visitors Authority that he was able to secure another year for the charter flights with parent company Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd.
PDI ventured into the charter flight business five years ago, which succeeded with careful planning with Rota municipality officials and other government agencies that involved arrival of 150 passengers at the Rota airport.
Welcoming the charter flights has been a wonderful experience as the Commonwealth has many explored and hidden treasures that make it a must-see destination in the region, according to PDI, which touts the islands for its natural beauty, unique culture, and rich flora and fauna.
According to PDI, at least two full charter flights are already scheduled to arrive and bring in over 300 passengers as early as January 2013.
Tomie, who serves in his capacity for less than a year, said in a statement Tuesday that he is very pleased to work with Mayor Melchor A. Mendiola and other Rota officials, adding that a successful relationship between PDI and the local government would help expand the charter project in the future.
He extended his appreciation to the people of Rota, who were instrumental in their successful run of charter flights, which helped bring in participants for the 19th Rota Blue Triathlon this year.
Press secretary Angel A. Demapan, when asked for comment, said the Fitial administration is pleased by the continued support that PDI gives to the Commonwealth's tourism industry, adding that the decision to continue the charter flights to Rota is a gesture of their commitment to the islands.
“This announcement will undoubtedly prove beneficial for Rota and the Commonwealth given that the tourism activities that will result from these flights will continue to stimulate our economy,” he told Saipan Tribune. “The administration commends PDI for taking this step to continue bringing our friends from Japan to the beautiful island of Rota.”