The Marianas Tourism Education Council held its annual general membership meeting on Sept. 20, 2012, electing two new members to the board of directors and receiving good news about funding for this year's youth tourism summit.
Naomi Nishimura of the Public School System and Esther Sound of Delta Air Lines were unanimously elected to the board of directors. Chris Lubi of Ernst & Young was also officially sanctioned as MTEC treasurer, replacing Nhing Reyes.
“I thank the members of the board for their trust and confidence and I am looking forward to work with the council and contribute in whichever way I can, operationally and administratively, in its efforts to engage our students and the community in promoting tourism awareness in the CNMI,” said Lubi.
MTEC is gearing up for its next round of educational presentations at Northern Marianas public and private schools this school year, as well as the next MTEC Tourism Summit for MY WAVE (Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically) Clubs in October 2012. This year's summit will be funded by the Marianas Visitors Authority through a federal grant from the Office of Insular Affairs.
“OIA recently funded four visitor industry related programs largely aimed at increasing public awareness of the workings and significance of the industry, and getting the community more actively involved in supporting the industry,” said MVA managing director Perry Tenorio. “MTEC is doing a phenomenal job at engaging our students with tourism education. The MVA is very pleased to partner with them on this year's summit, and we thank the office of Congressman Gregorio Kilili for helping us secure this grant to do so.”
“Our focus is to continue to organize MY WAVE Clubs through the educational outreach program,” said MTEC president Vicky Benavente. “We welcome private businesses, government offices, and members of the community to join MTEC's initiatives.”
The council is a non-profit organization aimed at educating the public on the importance of the tourism industry. To sign up for MTEC membership, please contact MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 664-3210. Other individuals in attendance at the meeting were Alex Sablan of Tan Holdings Corp.; Daniel Quitugua; Larry Lee of Northern Marianas College; MY Wave Club advisors Jenn Castro of Hopwood Jr. High School, Marylou Dejillas of San Antonio Elementary School, and Monica Pangelinan of Willlim S. Reyes Elementary School; James Nelson of Docomo Pacific; Bobbi Iglesias of Marianas CableVision; and representatives of the MVA.
Chris Lubi of Ernst & Young was endorsed as treasurer of the Marianas Tourism Education Council during their annual general membership meeting on Sept. 20, 2012. (PR)