YouTube channel “Deer Meat for Dinner” has premiered its latest series of episodes filmed in the Marianas, bringing exposure of the islands to a new demographic of potential visitors.
Deer Meat for Dinner features hunting, fishing, diving, and cooking of wild game and is filming and posting from the Northern Islands in the Marianas. The program has 2.5 million subscribers, and the first nine episodes on the Marianas—including episodes filmed on Rota and Saipan two years ago—have garnered 13.4 million views to date. The return last month of producer and host Rob Arrington, accompanied by his family, garnered 317,000 views within the first four days alone.
“Our Northern Islands can play an important role in highlighting the incredible beauty of and promoting our islands,” said Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “The MVA regularly partners with digital influencers in Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan to promote the Marianas. In this new age of social media and platforms like YouTube and the celebrities fostered by these platforms, we want to advantage of opportunities to showcase the Marianas when those opportunities are made available to us.”
Arrington is in the Northern Islands accompanied by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
“We need to capitalize on every opportunity to showcase the Marianas, especially during this downtime in tourism,” said Iakopo. “Mr. Arrington, like many others who have visited our islands, fell in love with the beauty of our islands and our people. We are extremely thankful to him for showcasing our islands.”
Iakopo said Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios believe that the key to protecting the Northern Islands from destructive military use is to promote environmental protection and environmentally sustainable development, promote the northern islands role in Marianas tourism mix/offerings/composition, and move forward with agricultural homesteads and repopulation of some islands.
The Deer Meat for Dinner program can be viewed at YouTube.com/c/deermeatfordinner, or type “Deer Meat for Dinner” in the YouTube search bar. (MVA)