Activities, contests, 5K Walk for Tourism lined up for Tourism Month


To mark Tourism Month, the Marianas Visitors Authority will be hosting a Walk for Tourism 5K on May 22, 2021, at 7am from Minachom Atdao to Quartermaster Road and back. The walk, organized under the theme “Power of Travel,” invites participants to dress as a tourist for a chance to win cash prizes. Prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. Registration is free, and the first 100 registrants will receive a 2021 Tourism Month T-shirt. Registration will open at 6am.

The MVA also invites residents of the Marianas to post their photo of Tinian on Facebook with the hashtags #VisitTheMarianas and #CaptureYourTinianTreasure for a chance to win cash prizes. Winners will be announced on May 31, 2021.

The MVA is also holding a high school student essay contest. The theme “Power of Travel: COVID19 Impact and Tourism Recovery in The Marianas” invites students to describe how COVID-19 has impacted the Marianas tourism community and share their thoughts how the Marianas should move forward with tourism recovery. Entries must be in Microsoft Word and not more than 600 words. Entries must be received by 5pm on May 25, 2021, and must be submitted to Entries must include the student’s name, grade, school, and email address. Prizes are: $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the MVA’s official Facebook page, Visit the Marianas, on May 31, 2021, at 12pm. The contest is open to all public and private school students grades 9-12 in the Marianas. By entering, contestants agree to allow MVA to use their name, image, and essay for promotional purposes, and a parental consent form must be attached required. Forms are downloadable under Events at

The public has the chance to win Tourism Month T-shirts and gift certificates by correctly answering tourism-related trivia questions on radio station Power 99 (97.5 FM) and KSPN2.

The public is also invited to join a cleanup organized by the Japan-Saipan Travel Association on May 29 at 9am at the Last Command Post in Marpi.

The Hafa Adai & Tirow Pledge program will be launched this month, inviting companies, organizations, and individuals to make a deeper commitment and take more responsibility to develop, promote, and support the Hafa Adai/Tirow Spirit in the Marianas.

On Tinian, a Tourist for a Day educational field trip on May 28 will educate youth through firsthand experience of how tourism effects everyone in the islands.

For more information, visit or The Marianas Calendar at or contact MVA Community Projects specialist Jack Aranda at 664-3200/1 or (PR)

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