Tokyo MXTV was on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota last month to film several episodes aimed at introducing the natural beauty and tourism attractions of the destination to its 8.5-million viewers in the Tokyo metropolitan area.Tokyo MXTV spent Oct. 18-26, 2014, on the islands, taking tours and filming on all three islands in preparation for producing five 30-minute episodes expected to bring the NMI over $1.8 million in advertising exposure.
“The Tokyo MXTV FAM tour is going to provide Saipan, Tinian, and Rota a tremendous opportunity to reinforce the appeal of our islands to the Japan market, which remains an important part of Northern Marianas tourism,” said Marianas Visitors Authority marketing manager Bruce Bateman. “It’s critical that the MVA continue to support media [familiarization] tours such as this one to attract visitors from Japan.”
On Saipan, a number of popular historic and scenic sites will be featured: Banzai Cliff, Last Command Post, Suicide Cliff, Bird Island Lookout, Grotto, and the Marpi pathway. Marine sports at award-winning Managaha Island were filmed. Retail outlets and eateries visited including Kili Café & and Terrace, Winchell’s, Cha, Hafadai Shopping Center, Star Sands Plaza, I’Sagua Spa, and Aqua Resort Club’s sunset barbecue.
On Rota, the production team filmed several dive sites, the Japanese Sugar Mill, Tweksberry Beach, Songsong Village Lookout, the bird sanctuary, As Nieves Latte Stone Quarry, the Swimming Hole, Teteto Beach, Tonga Cave, Rota Matsushima, a fruit farm, Tokyo En, and the island’s fresh water source. A dinner of local dishes was also hosted by a local family.
On Tinian, dives sites were also featured, as well as House of Taga, Taga Beach, historic Broadway Road, JC Café, Chulu Beach, Tinian Dynasty’s Casino and North field.
The crew returned to Saipan on Oct. 24 for additional filming of dive sites, Boka Boka Restaurant, Marianas Coffee plantation, Laolao Bay Golf Resort, Country House Restaurant, Sabalu Market, Forbidden Is., Mandi Asia Spa, Marianas Tropical Liqueur, Microl/Toyota Rent A Car, and a traditional canoe house and artifacts near Tipyeew Chamolinian Village in Garapan.
The crew lodged at Hyatt Regency Saipan, Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, and Rota Resort & Country Club during their tour. (MVA)