HANMI president Nick Nishikawa was joined by four MTEC representatives during the check presentation, namely Pacific Islands Club general manager Hiro Sugie, MTEC chair Vicky Benavente, and Delta Airlines sales account executive Chris Concepcion.
Benavente said that she was grateful on receiving the check from HANMI.
“MTEC is a nonprofit organization aimed at educating the public on the tourism industry and its importance in the community,” Benavente said.
Nishikawa said that they have always been donating to organizations helping the community.
“This year we decided to donate to MTEC because they are training young people to become involved in our industry in our future so we try to support them,” Nishikawa said.
Nishikawa also said that the funds came from the money raised from their golf tournament every year.
Benavente said the donation from HANMI will help the islands in the coming years because the students who are under the My Wave clubs are the CNMI’s future leaders.
“Tourism is important to our community at this young age for the students and that gives us hope for the future as adult in the job market,” she said.
Businesses that contributed to the MTEC Tourism Summit include DOCOMO Pacific, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacific Islands Club, Saipan World Resort, Fiesta Resort, Laolao Bay Golf and Resort, Marianas Country Club, DFS Saipan, Aqua Resort Club, and Saipan Sunset Cruise.