»First beneficiary is Saipan Mayor’s Office spay and neuter program
In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands has announced it will donate a portion of its proceeds from the Taste of the Marianas to charitable organizations over the next five weeks. Participating hotels are Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Kanoa Resort Saipan, Mariana Resort & Spa, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan.
“HANMI appreciates the opportunity to co-sponsor the Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden each year with the Marianas Visitors Authority and highlight the culinary repertoire of our hotels for the community,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “In celebration of our 30th anniversary this year and in line with our anniversary theme of ‘Building a Stronger Commonwealth with You,’ some of our hotel members will also be donating a portion of their proceeds from each week to a charitable organization in the community.”
Proceeds from the first night of the festival on May 2, 2015, will go toward the spay/neuter program being organized by the Saipan Mayor’s Office in cooperation with the Humane Society International for later this month.
“We share the goal of our community in advocating for responsible pet ownership and minimizing our stray dog population. It’s good for the community, and it’s good for tourism,” said Cavanagh. “HANMI has donated to PAWS in the past, and we feel that supporting the spay and neuter clinic is another step in the right direction.”
In addition to the monetary donation from Taste of the Marianas proceeds, a number of HANMI member hotels have made in-kind donations of supplies to the clinic.
HANMI is also planning an anniversary gala for later this year. For more anniversary celebration details, visit HANMI’s Facebook page, HANMI’s 30th Anniversary.
HANMI was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI. Today the association is composed of 11 of the major hotels in the Northern Marianas serving a diversity of markets including Korea, Japan, China, and Russia. The association also has a growing number of associate members in related industries.
HANMI members account for most of the hotel rooms in the Northern Marianas. Last year, HANMI members contributed $13.2 million in hotel occupancy tax to government coffers, as well as $4.4 million in gross revenue receipts. The hotel industry is the largest private employer in the CNMI, with HANMI members currently employing about 1,600 employees. (HANMI)