The Marianas Visitors Authority joined Brighten Travel, Century Tours, SPITS, Qulv, Zhejiang New World, and TDI in participating in the China International Tourism Mart in Shanghai last Nov 16-18.
Since it was first held in 2001, China International Tourism Mart is held annually in Shanghai or Kunming, and it has grown into the largest professional travel trade fair in Asia, attracting the attention of the travel industry from all over the world.
The MVA joined 1,109 buyers and 2,245 exhibitors at the three-day event, which attracted 31,500 industry visitors and 46,720 members of the public.
MVA board chair Marian Aldan-Pierce led the MVA delegation at Shanghai to meet with a wide range of travel partners in mainland China and assure them of the destination’s speedy recovery following Super Typhoon Yutu and readiness to accept visitors.
“Overall, CITM was an excellent opportunity to meet personally with tourism industry reps and members of the traveling public to let them know the Marianas is still beautiful, exciting, and back in business following Yutu,” said MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “We are very encouraged to see Chinese travelers embrace this message, as evidenced by the packed flights that have all resumed from major cities in the country. We want to recognize our partners from Hong Kong and mainland China for being the first international flights to resume service after Yutu. The source market of China is still strong for the Marianas.”
Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera joined the MVA at their promotional booth.
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong have non-stop flights to Saipan, and nearly 20 cities across the country have opened transit flights that connect through these cities to the Marianas. The Marianas is the only American territory offering Chinese tourists visa-free entry. (MVA)