MVA officials submit courtesy resignations

As is standard procedure each time a new administration is sworn in, officials of the Marianas Visitors Authority, led by MVA board chair Marian Aldan- Pierce and managing director Christopher Concepcion, have resigned from their posts as a matter of courtesy.

Concepcion said Tuesday that, as far as he knows, Aldan-Pierce, directors Cinta Kaipat, Jerry Tan, and Nick Nishikawa have already turned in their courtesy letters of resignation. He is not sure if the other directors have already resigned on their own but they are all aware of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ request.

Concepcion disclosed that he himself submitted his courtesy letter of resignation addressed to Torres and Lt. Gov.-elect Arnold Palacios and the MVA board of directors.

“I know I technically report to the MVA board but, in deference to the incoming administration, I submitted my courtesy resignation to allow them to determine if they feel I am the best person to lead the MVA in the next four years,” he said.

It is now up to Torres if he’s going to accept their courtesy resignations.

“We will honor his decision regardless,” Concepcion said.

Concepcion has been the MVA managing director since April 2016.

Under Aldan-Pierce’s and Concepcion’s leadership, the CNMI’s tourism industry has improved in multiple ways, resulting in many arrival records broken, awards the MVA/CNMI received, programs the MVA started, and signature events launched.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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