Tinian students take educational tourism tour

Posted on Jun 05 2019

Tour guide Deborah Fleming leads a student on a tour of the House of Taga on the island of Tinian last May 31, 2019. (Photos by MVA)

Tinian students had a chance to play tourist for two days last May 28 and 31 during their annual tour of popular tourist sites on Tinian to mark Marianas Tourism Month.

The Marianas Visitors Authority organized a series of island tours for students of Tinian Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy Tinian, and Saint Joseph School.

The tours were led by a professional tour guide to give students the full experience of being a “Tourist for a Day”; they learned about the historical, cultural, and scenic sites visited daily by tourists.

The tour included the House of Taga, featuring prehistoric limestone monolith pillars and capstones used in ancient Chamorro structures. Other sites visited included World War II historic sites such as Japanese air raid shelters and a command post, invasion beaches, the atomic bomb pits and Runway Able at North Field, the Seabees Monument, American memorial monuments, and Suicide Cliff.

“Children are the future of the tourism industry in the Marianas, and it’s important to begin educating them early about the value of their land and heritage as it relates to the industry,” said MVA managing director Priscilla Iakopo. “The Tourism Month tours [on] Tinian, our year-round partnership with the Marianas Tourism Education Council, and other related activities help the MVA meet its goal of reach and teaching the young generation about tourism.”

The tours were led by tour guide Deborah Fleming of Tourific Tinian. (PR)

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