Travel in the era of Corona comes with restrictions. This is why they say it is difficult to travel ‘virtually’ to countries that allow foreigners to enter but still require quarantine. Saipan, which signed the first travel bubble with Korea in July, was heated up as reservations were closed early by the end of the year despite the mandatory five-day quarantine. I went on a last-minute quarantine trip to Saipan before the quarantine was lifted in December.
Everything went smoothly from arrival to departure. Upon arriving in the country, as soon as I passed through immigration, I received a PCR test at the airport. In addition to subsidizing the cost of the inspection, it also reduced the trouble of having to visit a separate facility. After a unique experience of moving to the dormitory while being escorted by a police car, the room was quarantined for one day. I was caught off guard by the ocean view that unfolded in front of me, and I was moved by the hearty Korean lunch box delivery. All of them tested negative and were quarantined at the hotel for five days, receiving support for accommodation and meals from the Northern Mariana government, and literally enjoyed ’emperor isolation’. During the two-day free itinerary, I enjoyed local tours, meals, and shopping with the TRIP travel subsidy. I nodded at the guide’s words, ‘Unprecedented benefits that will never come again’.
Travelers’ reaction to the full support of the Tourism Administration and the hospitality of the locals was also warm. In one Saipan travel community, there was even a post asking to give ‘don’t chung’ to Saipan, which provided benefits for Koreans even in the face of Corona. Even after spending all of my travel support, I did more shopping than usual and filled my stomach. An acquaintance who was with me also implied that he wanted to visit Saipan first on his next overseas trip on his return flight. It was the first overseas trip in two years when I felt the value of travel called ‘happiness’.
Images are not influenced by external variables such as price. Star marketing, which was once active in the travel industry, and marketing for the entrance exam, which is centered on hotels, can also be seen as a process of building customer preference rather than an immediate increase in sales. Favor leads to consumption. We should forget about the past when dumping was rampant and strive to build a positive image. This is because it is a time when far-sighted insight is needed rather than immediate profits. This is the reason why Saipan’s great benefits for Korean travelers are felt as a more reliable asset.
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