CNMI told unmanaged growth may jeopardise tourism industry

The Northern Marianas' tourism authority has been warned that unmanaged growth may jeopardise the territory's ability to compete in the tourism industry long-term.

A recent study by Horwarth HTL, a Hong Kong-based consultant for the Marianas Visitors Authority, said there was an overall lack of planning for future development.

It said such unmanaged growth threatens the Northern Marianas because it does not allow the "loss of utilisation" of natural resources on the islands.

The study also said the long queues at airports and the condition of most of the territory's hotels could sap tourists' enthusiasm and patience.