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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Muña-Barnes discusses regional tourism challenges with Mori

Guam Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes is flanked by Federated States of Micronesia President Emanuel “Manny” Mori, left, and FSM Consul General in Guam Robert A. Ruecho during their meeting yesterday. (Contributed Photo) HAGÅTÑA, Guam—Following on the heels of her meetings this past week with Palau leaders including President Thomas “Tommy” Remengesau, Jr., Guam’s Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes met yesterday with Federated States of Micronesia President Emanuel “Manny” Mori as part of her renewed efforts in the 32nd Guam Legislature to increase regional collaboration on tourism-related issues.

The subject of their meeting was the current state of regional tourism, including challenges shared by Guam’s neighboring islands as well as the opportunities for collaboration and growth in our respective industries. Sen. Muña-Barnes and President Mori discussed the need for leaders across Micronesia to work together to come up with a region-wide approach to addressing the rise in air travel in the region.

“As chairperson on tourism, I have engaged with stakeholders across both the private and public sectors and know that the rising cost of airfare to and among our islands is a regional problem that requires a regional solution,” says the senator.  “Airfare costs in this region have risen beyond the reach of too many of our people, and something bold needs to be done about that.” 

For more information, call the Office of Sen. Muña-Barnes at 472-3455/6. (PR)

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