The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands headed by its president, Gloria Cavanagh, is one with the community in greeting Hyatt Regency Saipan on the 38th anniversary in the CNMI.
“Biba Hyatt Regency Saipan! Thank you for all you do for the people of the CNMI. All HANMI events are supported by Hyatt as they have always been a key player in our association. …Hyatt Regency Saipan has always been a huge contributor to the community. Unfortunately, sometimes, they are a quiet contributor,” she said.
“I say this because, in the past, they have never made press releases regarding their generosity. It has just been for the last five years where this has become the norm, hence, much of the community do not realize that they have always been there for the people,” she added.
In explaining the importance of having the Hyatt in the CNMI, Cavanagh pointed out that Hyatt Regency is the only international flagship brand on the islands.
“Tourist will seek out the Hyatt brand when traveling because of the international points systems that the Hyatt Regency Saipan is part of. It is an additional incentive when tourists are deciding on a travel destination,” she said.
Cavanagh believes, though, that one of Hyatt’s best contribution has been the training of residents.
“Its management has been heavily involved with Northern Marianas Training Institute since the start. I believe that they have the highest percentage of U.S. [citizen]workers in the hotel industry and they have provided careers and paths to success for many of our local people,” she added.
As for Hyatt’s pending lease agreement with the government, Cavanagh said the issue will have a great impact not only on the CNMI’s hotel and tourism industry but also on the community. “We must calculate the loyalty, longevity, and trust that Hyatt has shown and proven into the calculation of ‘best use.’
“After [Super] Typhoon Yutu and its devastating effect, it should be more obvious that these values are necessary for the survival and growth of our economy. I wish that our community will realize that it is essential to continue our relationship with Hyatt.”