Sony camera company recently conducted a blogger familiarization tour of the Northern Mariana Islands to bring awareness about its new cameras RX1R and RX100II to this tropical beach destination.
Sixteen bloggers from Korea visited Saipan and Tinian on Nov. 22-25, 2013.
“Our tieup with Sony on this FAM tour is a fortuitous opportunity to increase awareness of the Northern Mariana Islands in cooperative partnership with an internationally-recognized consumer brand,” said Marianas Visitors Authority marketing manager Bruce Bateman. “We are already receiving wide exposure from the tour through these bloggers’ pages and Sony’s SNS tools.”
A number scenic and historic sites in the Northern Marianas were photographed by the bloggers. On Saipan the group visited Banzai Cliff, Grotto, Suicide Cliff, the Korean Peace Memorial, Last Command Post, Kalabera Cave, Jeffrey’s Beach, Managaha, Mt. Tapochau, Micro Beach, American Memorial Park, Forbidden Island, Ladder Beach, Obyan Beach, Mt. Carmel Cathedral, downtown Garapan, DFS Galleria, and SandCastle Saipan.
The restaurants visited were Shenanigan’s, Round Two, Furusato, and Coffee Care.
On Tinian, the group visited the Blow Hole, Taga Beach, Tachogna Beach, Carolinas Nature Trail, Ushi Cross Point, Broadway, House of Taga, Long Beach, and Chulu Beach. Restaurants visited were JC Café and Monster Pizza.
Lodging was provided Hyatt Regency Saipan, Mariana Resort & Spa, Saipan World Resort, and Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino.
According to the most recent exit survey, most major markets cited “nature/scenic attractions” as the No. 1 or No. 2 top activities visitors would like to see more of in the Northern Marianas. (MVA)