17 Jun 2011

CNMI Hotel Association opposes bill reducing protection for tourists

10:39 am on 17 June 2011

The 12-member Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands is opposing a bill seeking to repeal a law intended to give more protection to tourists.

The chair of the association's board of directors chair Nick Nishikawa and four other board members say rather than repealing the law, which prohibits aggressive solicitation, "the law should be amended to provide more protection of our tourists."

The hotel group also calls for enforcement of laws that protect visitors.

The bill, introduced by Representative Ralph Demapan, seeks to repeal this public law, in its entirety.

The Saipan Tribune newspaper reports Demapan's bill states aggressive solicitation, involving shouting and touching or grabbing people, is covered by other criminal laws, relating to disturbing the peace and assault.