CNMI tourism industry loses US$30 million

2:32 pm on 31 August 2015

The tourism industry in the Northern Marianas lost US$30.8 million in August due to Typhoon Soudelor and a downgrade of the territory's airport.

The typhoon battered the territory earlier this month damaging homes and infrastructure and cutting power.

A fire truck needing maintenance at the airport has also restricted flights into Saipan.

The Marianas Visitors Authority says 12,491 tourists have cancelled their trips to the CNMI this month.

It says nearly 2,000 cancelled because of a downgrade of the airport.