“The Marianas is a tropical paradise with some of the best beaches in the world, clear blue waters, a beautiful environment, some of the best golf courses in the Pacific, award-winning dive sites, cultural festivals that showcase our Chamorro and Carolinian cultures and celebrate the diversity of our islands, and, most importantly, we have the most welcoming people in the world.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torre

In the Marianas, tourism is everyone’s business, and for the Torres-Palacios administration, it is the center of our economy and connection to visitors from all over the world.

The Marianas is home to some of the most pristine tropical beaches and sought-after dive sites in the entire world. Our three main islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, all have something unique to offer and addition to our natural attractions, there are a number of beautiful hotels, resorts, and golf courses that offer a variety of relaxing amenities and recreational activities for all our tourists to enjoy.

While we are excited that visitor arrivals have been high before Super Typhoon Yutu, we must not focus on quantity alone. We must preserve and also improve our islands as a destination. A tourist experience in the CNMI should rival any in the world. However, in order to maintain our natural beauty, we must focus on quality and not just quantity.

The administration continues to work with business leaders, airline executives, and tourism stakeholders to enhance our amenities and services to cater to a quality tourism market. Governor Torres was instrumental in bringing in Skymark Airlines, the first Japan-based carrier to service direct flights to Saipan since 2005.

The Torres-Palacios administration continues to work through Marianas Visitors Authority to share the beauty of the Marianas with the world.

For more information, check out the following link:

Marianas Visitors Authority

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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