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Wed Oct 31, 2018, 03:21 AM

Zero business for rental cars on Northern Marianas Islands because of Super Typhoon Yutu

The Chevrolet Camaros and Mustang convertibles that were so ubiquitous on Saipan highways are now missing in action after Super Typhoon Yutu.

These convertible cars—with their garishly pink and fluorescent colors—can now only be seen parked and serving as displays after tourist arrivals thinned out in the wake of the Category 5 howler that devastated the island and neighboring Tinian.

“Business is not just slow but zero…I guess the rental car business is going to suffer a big loss until the tourists come back,” said QQ Car Rental president James Han.

“We are looking at one month or a month and a half before tourists come back in numbers and it really depends how soon the airport will resume regular flight operations. If the restoration takes more time, it’s going to be more trouble for us, and for the tourism industry because, once people start changing their destination, we lose,” Han added.

Read more: https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/zero-business-for-rental-cars/
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The once robust rental car business in the CNMI is at a complete standstill as the influx of tourists is on a halt as the CNMI continues to recover from the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu. (Bea Cabrera)

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