‘Hyatt has always been there when MVA seeks its support’


Hyatt Regency Saipan has always been a dependable source of support, according to Marianas Visitors Authority executive director Chris Concepcion.

“Hyatt Regency has always been there when the MVA seeks the support of our hotel partners. These events vary—event hosting, housing of celebrities and other VIP guests—for getting the Saipan Marathon finally certified by Association of International Marathons and Distant Races and International Association of Athletics Federations which put us on the global marathon circuit and more,” Concepcion said.

“Hyatt Regency adds that special touch because they have international standards and expectations that they must abide by and live up to. That’s the best thing about having a global brand like the Hyatt Regency in the CNMI; they have standards to meet that other hotels do not and that makes them special,” he added.

He agrees that Hyatt Regency Saipan’s history of 38 years in the CNMI has allowed it to contribute immensely to the tourism industry in the CNMI. 

“Throughout their nearly 40 years of doing business here, they have brought a globally recognized brand to the CNMI, which elevates our profile in the global tourism industry. It is the sole global brand in the CNMI to this day and that alone is tremendously valuable. 

“They’ve partnered with the MVA on nearly all our marketing projects locally and international markets. They have sponsored rooms and meals for many of our special guests. They have donated funding to many organizations that help sustain the tourism industry and the list goes on,” he added.

One of the MVA’s challenges is to get the Japanese market back to the CNMI and having a Japanese-owned property operating a premium brand hotel in the CNMI contributes to MVA efforts. “I will say that the Hyatt Regency Saipan management team has been a key partner in luring air service from Japan to the CNMI and this is enormously beneficial for the tourism industry,” said Concepcion.

“Hyatt Regency Saipan also participates in nearly all overseas travel trade shows and seminars hosted by the MVA and having them there is appreciated. …They’ve contributed greatly to the community through their charitable donations, sponsorship of countless community events, sporting events, their support of all their employees which are almost all local hires, and much more.  They occupy a very prestigious role as the sole global hotel chain in the CNMI and that in and of itself is a great community contribution,” he added.

Concepcion said that MVA is looking forward to Hyatt serving tourists and the people of the CNMI for another 38 years. “On behalf of the MVA board, management team and staff, we congratulate Hyatt Regency Saipan on their 38th anniversary. Having a Japanese-owned property under a global brand doing business in the CNMI is highly desirable. 

“We thank Mr. Nishikawa and his entire team for all their contributions to the CNMI. We look forward to another 38 years and more of doing business with the Hyatt group,” he added.

Bea Cabrera | Correspondent
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.

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