The Marianas Tourism Education Council board of directors convenes on May 27, 2021, at the Marianas Visitors Authority office in San Jose, Saipan.  From left, MTEC secretary Martin Duenas, Naomi Nishimura, Catherine Perry, MTEC acting Chairwoman Vicky Benavente, Larry Lee, Glenn Policare, Priscilla M. Iakopo, Gordon Marciano, and Yunzi Zhang, representing Frankie Eliptico.

(MTEC) —   The  Marianas  Tourism  Education  Council reconvened on May 27, 2021, setting activities for the coming year in support of its continuing goal of educating the community about the Marianas’ primary economic driver.

“Although many of our activities have been suspended for over a year due to Covid-19, MTEC is hitting the ground running in its planning for the year ahead,” said acting MTEC Chairwoman Vicky Benavente.

The Governor’s Golf Classic benefitting MTEC will be held on Sept. 4, 2021, at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.  A meeting with MY WAVE Club advisors will be held early in the school year to acquaint them with MTEC and upcoming events.  Education outreach presentations to local schools will be conducted with 10th  graders in the new school year, and MTEC’s annual tourism summit for students will be scheduled, as well.  MTEC also anticipates to again make its annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors available next school year.

2022 will also mark the 20th  anniversary of MTEC.   MTEC was formed in 2002 to heighten the community’s awareness of the importance of tourism to the well-being of the people of the Marianas.  MTEC’s stated mission is three-fold: to foster community understanding and support of the visitor industry; to educate the general public, especially school students, about the  value,  social  benefits,  and  economic  contributions  made  to  the  community  by  the  visitor industry; and to instill, improve, and promote the “Hafa Ada -Tirow” hospitality spirit throughout the island community.

In addition to Benavente, MTEC board members include Priscilla M. Iakopo (Marianas Visitors Authority), Martin Duenas (Marianas Visitors Authority), Frankie Eliptico (Northern Marianas College), Larry Lee, Naomi Nishimura (Public School System), Gordon Marciano  (PDI),  Catherine  Perry  (Integrity  Communications),  and  Glenn  Policare  (Kanoa Resort).

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