In support of the recovery of the tourism industry following Super Typhoon Yutu, the Marianas Visitors Authority is temporarily waiving badge renewal fees for official Marianas guides.
Until Jan. 31, 2018, certified tour guides renewing their annual permits will be waived the $20 renewal fee.
“Not only did Super Typhoon Yutu cause a temporary but significant drop in tours, but we know some business locations were destroyed and many business operators are still in recovery. This reasonable consideration in light of those difficulties is intended to help,” said MVA tour guide certification manager Kuen-Hee Han. “We are encouraging those tour guides who have already gone through the rigorous tour guide training to come into the MVA office to renew their badges for another year.”
Certified tour guides must provide traffic clearance, police clearance and proof of eligibility to work in the CNMI to avail of the waiver. Badges can be renewed at the MVA office from 8am to 12pm from Mondays to Thursdays or by appointment. Tour guides can renew their badges up to three months before the expiration date.
New tour guides must complete all documentation and training requirements to be certified. For an application and checklist, visit www.mymarianas.com, or for more information, contact Han at firstname.lastname@example.org or 664-3200. (MVA)