Northern Mariana Islands tourism after Hurricane Yutu has suffered greatly.
In October 2018, Typhoon Yutu became an extremely powerful Category 5 tropical cyclone, causing catastrophic destruction on the islands of Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. It was the strongest typhoon ever recorded to impact the Mariana Islands. On October 25, Yutu made landfall on the island of Tinian and the southern part of Saipan at its peak intensity. The storm wrought catastrophic damage, destroying numerous homes and killing two people. Violent winds destroyed concrete structures in southern Saipan and stripped areas of vegetation.
In this episode we talk to Maxine Laszlo, Executive Director of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce about Hurricane Yutu's impact, and where they are over one year later.
For island communities, dependent on the tourism industry, disasters can be devastating. Hotels and convention faciities close, media convinces visitors that it isn't safe to visit. We talk about how things are building back, and how this unique region needs visitors to come back!
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