MTEC welcomes new board member

Kanoa Resort general manager Wendi Herring has joined the Marianas Tourism Education Council Board of Directors, voted in at the organization’s board meeting on June 15, 2016. Herring was a founding board member of MTEC in 2002 as a then-representative of Pacific Islands Club Saipan.

“I’ve been MTEC’s biggest fan on Facebook since I got back on Saipan,” said Herring.

“I’m excited to be back on the board and am looking forward to our work ahead.”

MTEC chair Vicky Benavente also reported at the meeting that MTEC netted $12,000 from the Governor’s Tourism Cup held last month at Laolao Bay Golf Resort.

“The NMI’s tourism industry can continue to grow and flourish, but only with the collaboration from our community and stakeholders. In celebration of the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 40th anniversary, the government and the private sector teamed up to coordinate a successful fundraiser for the MTEC, said Benavente. “With these funds, MTEC is able to continue the education outreach to the schools, focusing on the theme, “Tourism Is Everybody’s Business.”

The board also voted to offer the first MTEC scholarship to two graduating high school seniors in the amounts of $1,000 and $500. Scholarship criteria are being developed and will be announced within the next several weeks.

MTEC is a non-profit organization aimed at educating the public on the tourism industry and its importance to the community. MTEC is administered by a Board of directors, including Christopher A. Concepcion and Martin Duenas (MVA), Jonas Barcinas and Naomi Nishimura (CNMI Public School System), Larry Lee (MTEC), James Nelson (Sorenson Media Broadcasting), Gordon Marciano (Pacific Development, Inc.), and Shamika Ratwatte (Ernst & Young). (PR)

This article was originally authored by Press Release of the Saipan Tribune and published on June 23rd, 2016. All rights, recognition and acknowledgment belong to the author and the Saipan Tribune.