The Marianas Visitors Authority is taking advantage of the lull in visitor arrivals by partnering with public and private sector partners in giving major tourist sites in The Marianas a facelift.
Last month, MVA identified 12 popular tourist sites in Saipan in need of renovation and repair. The work will predominantly focus on painting and repair of railings tables, benches, pavilions, and stairs. The MVA has begun the work in collaboration with the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Office of Grants Management, Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Public Lands, Dept. of Public Works, Dept. of Lands & Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Office, Office of Zoning, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, and Saipan Mayor’s Office.
“This is the right time to revisit our tourist sites and make sure they are attractive and safe for when our visitors return, and we are extremely grateful for the partnership of the public and private sectors in this initiative,” said MVA managing director Priscilla M. Iakopo.
Sites inspected in July and scheduled to be rehabilitated include Banzai Cliff, Last Command Post, Okinawa Peace Memorial, Korean Peace Memorial, Bird Island Lookout, Grotto, Suicide Cliff, Forbidden Island Lookout, Obyan Beach, Ladder Beach, and Mt. Tapochau.
Several non-profit organizations have also joined the effort, with TSL Foundation Foundation adopting Bird Island Lookout and Beach Rd. Pathway, the Rotary Club of Saipan adopting Suicide Cliff Suicide Cliff, and other organizations adopting different sites sites. The Tournament of Champions has also donated paint supplies in support of the project, which is expected to continue over the have also donated paint supplies in support of the project, which is expected to continue over the next several months. (PR)