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MVA to create tour guide training program for water sports companies

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THE Marianas Visitors Authority will collaborate with the Bureau of Coastal and Environmental Quality and Northern Marianas College in creating a tour guide training program for employees of companies that provide water or marine sports activities to tourists.

“The marine sports operators feel like the [tour guide] training program needs to be tailored to their needs,” MVA tour guide manager Kuen-Hee Han said.

The class will discuss cardiopulmonary resuscitation, water safety, and other related subjects, Han said.

Over 300 tour guides have been certified by MVA since the certification program was implemented in Oct. 2017 on Saipan.

But after Super Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian and with the decline in tourist arrivals, many certified but nonresident tour guides have left the CNMI, Han said.

“The economy is not good and it’s difficult for them to stay especially with the CW issue which really affected many tour guides, most of whom are nonresidents,” she added.

“They have to give back their certificates and badges,” she said.

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