27 Feb 2008

Tourist arrivals from Russia increasing in CNMI

11:51 am on 27 February 2008

Tourist arrivals from Russia have grown in the CNMI seeing an 87-percent spike in the current financial year.

The Marianas Visitors Authority says the market has grown from 964 tourists in the October-January quarter in 2006 to 1,806 in the same four-month period in 2007.

The chair of the Hotel Association, Lynn Knight, says the hotels are thrilled.

She says eight of the resorts now have Russian-speaking staff to cater to the market.