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However, a small uptick in arrivals in anticipated with 29 summer charter flights in July and August and increased promotions of convenient connection times to Saipan from Japan via Seoul. Daily flights from Japan will be launched by Skymark Airlines in the coming months, and the MVA is in direct discussion with other airlines to operate seasonal charters during the early winter schedule. “As we’ve shared before, we have forecasted that the suspension of regular daily flights from Japan would result in a slight decline in overall visitor arrivals, and we felt the full impact of that in June,” said MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “In the meantime, we have a series of summer charter flights now starting, and we will have regular flight service again within several months. The Marianas remains committed to the revival of the Japan market, and we continue to work diligently on getting daily flights restored” Concepcion said the MVA is also pursuing opportunities to expand its market diversification. “Building on the work of our representative office in Taiwan over the last few years to get more Taiwanese interested in travelling to The Marianas, we are now in negotiations with an interested airline to provide direct service from Taipei to Saipan,” said Concepcion. “While most of our visitors from Taiwan have been arriving via Hong Kong or Korea, this would be a tremendous opportunity to increase arrivals from this market and provide greater stability for the tourism economy. We hope we can reach an agreement soon.” South Korea central bank data showed that the country’s economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the first quarter because of sluggish construction and facilities investment.
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