Yap Hotel Operators Concerned About Safety At Airport

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Yap Visitors Bureau Colonia, Yap, FSM

October 17, 2013

The Yap Hotel Owners Association, or YHOA, met with the Yap airport manager and the director of Public Works & Transportation recently to address safety concerns at the international airport.

The association was concerned about the disrepair of the lights on the stairways leading to the lower parking area, the need for safety cross walks to the parking area, including, but not limited to, concerns pertaining to more toilet facilities in the transit lounge and the inevitable congestion in the baggage claim area.

Among these major safety concerns, a more prominent one was the lack of a covered area for arriving passengers off the plane. Visitors are often left to stand in the rain waiting to be processed by Immigration.

YHOA shared these concerns with Public Works & Transportation Director Vincent Figir, and Yap airport manager John Sigrah.

Figir said they will look into the safety issues and concerns and try to come up with solutions.

YHOA said perhaps funds collected from the departure fees could be used to address these critical issues.

The Yap Hotel Owners Association is a state-registered association with its own by-laws and articles of incorporation. YHOA is comprised of all hotel business operators in the state of Yap. They are:

YHOA meets every quarter to discuss matters pertaining to problems faced by the hotel industry and ways to promote Yap as a destination.

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