To mark Marianas Tourism Month, dozens of volunteers joined a cleanup at Last Command Post on Saipan last May 28, 2022.
In recent years the annual cleanup has expanded to include more businesses, community groups, and individuals. This year’s cleanup was joined by representatives of the Japan-Saipan Travel Association, Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas, Marianas Visitors Authority, Korean Association of Saipan, Japanese Consulate in Saipan, Run Saipan, Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance, Northern Mariana Diving Operators Association, Northern Mariana Athletics, Salty Skin, and Saipan Plant Center.
“The annual tourism month cleanup has always been spearheaded by the Japan Saipan Travel Association with support from the MVA, and now we see new faces of all ages as community members gain interest in supporting and being a part of tourism,” said MVA managing director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “In the end, both visitors and residents benefit from our beautification like we just had at the Last Command Post, and we see again how tourism is an ideal industry for our islands.”
Approximately 65 volunteers joined the cleanup, which including sprucing up the popular tourist site with a new coat of paint on concrete benches and parking curbs, trash collection, and clearing of debris.
With the conclusion of tourism month activities, the MVA’s next event will be the Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden on June 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 from 5pm to 10pm at Garapan Fishing Base in Saipan. (MVA)