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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.


NEWS RELEASE April 1, 2002


Congressman Robert A. Underwood today confirmed that Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas will be included in the joint effort to increase tourism between the United States and Japan. Congressman Underwood will travel to Japan next week to meet with the U.S. Embassy's Commercial Office, which will arrange for the target numbers for Guam and the CNMI to be included with U.S. numbers.

"This is the first time that the Commerce Department will be doing this and it comes as a result of some very long conversations and working with the Department of Commerce, as well as appearances before Congressional Committees following the events of September 11," the Congressman said, adding that his legislation, H.R. 3157, to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Travel and Tourism Promotion Bureau, introduced last October, currently awaits action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

During the week of April 15, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance, Doug Baker, and Helen Marano, the Department's Director of the Office of Travel and Tourism, will meet with the Japanese Government's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, to sign a Memorandum of Agreement to target the growth of tourism between the two countries.

"Subsequent to the signing, Mr. Baker and Ms. Marano will come to Guam, as will a representative of the Embassy's Commercial Office, which has now been authorized to arrange for target growth numbers for Guam and the CNMI," the Congressman said. "I've encouraged them not only to visit us but the Northern Marianas as well."

"The U.S. Department of Commerce is willing to help us in targeting a growth of Japanese tourism numbers and to include us as part of the national economic policy of the United States. I think this is great news," he added.

During his trip to Japan, Congressman Underwood will be flown by military helicopter to Camp Zama to visit with the 368th Military Police Army Reservists from Guam currently on assignment to Japan and Okinawa. "I had the opportunity to see them off when they left Guam and I am looking forward to visiting them over there, hopefully with some reminders of home," the Congressman said.

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