The Marianas Tourism Education Council and the Marianas Visitors Authority launched their annual outreach to public and private schools with visits to Chacha Oceanview Junior High and Saipan Southern High last week.
MTEC is a non-profit organization aimed at educating the public on the importance of the tourism industry. The council engages students with discussion on the benefits of tourism, the profile of visitors who come to the Northern Marianas, and what students can do to support the visitor industry.
“MTEC is thankful that Saipan Southern High's MY WAVE Club is helping to spread the message that 'Tourism Is Everybody's Business,'” said MTEC chair Vicky Benavente. “This club, with a membership of 40 students, has produced a DVD called 'I Love Saipan.' These are high schools students who understand the importance of our islands' tourism industry. Amazing kids!“
Saipan Southern High MY WAVE Club president Bertran Palacios assisted with the MTEC presentation and said he is looking forward to a very successful year.
“Right now, by looking at the numbers of the students who are interested in the club, I could assume that great things will happen,” said Palacios. “I have a really committed and determined group of leaders who will run the club with me, which is a great thing. The ideas we have for now are beach and road side cleanups; just the basics, and there will be more in the duration of the school year.”
Other SSHS MY WAVE Club officers are vice president Guadalupe Camacho, secretary Danah Apelo, treasurer Isaac Tenorio, and co-secretary/treasurer Fidel Palacios.
"Our club continues to grow, as more students become aware of and interested in the visitor industry," said Saipan Southern High MY WAVE Club adviser Arisa Sakai.
Interested organizations and individuals may contact MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas at email@example.com or 664-3210 for more information. (MTEC)