Japan travel guidebooks visit NMI

The editorial team of Aruco Guidebook and Globe Trotters Travel Guidebook in Japan visit the Marianas in September 2017 to get new information and images for the publications. From left are editor and writer Maui Hara, photographer Tadashi Saitoh, coordinator Masanori Takahashi, editor and writer Akemi Hongo, and photographer Hikaru Kojima. (MVA)

Writers and photographers of two popular travel guidebooks produced in Japan visited Tinian, Rota, and Saipan last month to prepare for their updated editions that will include the Marianas.

Globe Trotter Travel Guidebook has a circulation of 50,000 copies and visits the Marianas nearly every year to update their publication.

Aruco Guidebook has a circulation of 40,000 copies. The publications provide their readership of travelers a variety of information on travel to the Marianas, including hotels, optional tours, activities, beaches, gourmet, shopping, access, travel tips, and maps.

“We are pleased that the Marianas continues to be covered by popular travel guidebooks such as these in Japan,” said MVA marketing specialist Brenda Repeki. “The group enjoyed visiting all three islands, and exposure value given in these publications will show readers the best of the Marianas when the new editions are released in a few months.”

On a day trip to Tinian the group had photo shoots at scenic sites and well as various shops and restaurants. The group spent a day and night on Rota. The remainder of their coverage was made of numerous beach, scenic and historic sites, and tourism facilities and activities on Saipan, including a visit to award-winning Managaha. The group lodged at Rota Resort & Country Club. On Saipan they stayed at Hyatt Regency Saipan and checked out Himawari, Mariana Resort & Spa, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan. (MVA)

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