Here is some recent feedback I've received in my role as....
...a Video shoot Location Manager
I write on behalf of ZANYBROS staff thanking you for the great collaboration during pre-production and production days. We are very satisfied with the results and excited for future possibilities to film on Saipan.
As this big production consisted of 4 different nationalities, languages and cultures, I am glad things went as well as they did. Mr Kim, Lee and Nomura give their best wishes to you and your family as well.
Hope to work together again soon.
--Angelina Foss, Overseas Marketing Producer, ZanyBros on Facebook
...a WWII Tour Guide
"I met Walt a year ago this month. My wife and I were booking a cruise through Crystal Cruises, from Long Beach, CA, to Tokyo, with one=day stops at several of the Pacific islands where I had fought during WWII. Due to age and some other restrictions, we did not want to sign up for tours which Crystal was sponsoring, as I really only wanted to visit those sights which related to my Navy service. Hence, I went on line and searched for a private guide who would accompany us during ship stops on Guam and Saipan. I spoke with Walt Goodridge by phone. He understood exactly what we were looking for and quoted a fair price for his services. Walt met our ship on its arrival at Guam. He had arranged for a representative of the National Park Service to spend the day with us and, with Walt, to take us to the places we were hoping to visit. I could not have conceived a better tour. Our ship left Guam just after dinner. The next day we awoke to find the ship docked in Saipan. Walt was waiting right there on the dock. He spent the whole day with us and, using his comfortable vehicle, took us completely around the island and made sure that we covered all the sights that related to the WWII invasion and battles on Saipan. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of not only Saipan but the entire Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. We left Walt late that afternoon at the gangway of our ship. We departed feeling that we were leaving a friend behind. I would recommend Walt as a guide for any of my friends contemplating a visit to the NMI. I can’t imagine that anyone would know more about the Islands than Walt, nor how to enhance the pleasure of visiting there.
...a Travel Agent Resource
"We found Walt Goodridge on the internet looking for a guide and an onbound operator on Saipan. Walt is an incredible hands on and reliable guy.
We received his answers with in minutes after we send the request to him.
Our clients love Walt and with some he is still in contact exchanging pictures.
He knows Saipan very well and has special places to show to each guest, his island tours have a very personal and special touch.
If we would have him on all south pacific islands, our life would be much easier ....With very best regards from Munich
--Jorg, travel agent in Germany
...an Activity Coordinator
Chris and Kayla
"My husband is in the US Navy and first went to Saipan as a port visit 2 years ago. We visited
Saipan last year for our honeymoon and again this year! It has crystal blue waters and is a great place to relax.
We booked our tours through Destination Saipan and would recommend them for future travels. They arranged pick up
to and from our activities as well as fast responses on any questions I had before my trip!"
Q: What was the best part of your trip?
"I enjoyed spending time at the beautiful beach at our hotel as well as the dinner cruise with my husband.
Last year we went para sailing and jet skiing and had a blast with both activities!"
--Kayla & Chris Lassiter
Tikla and Austin
"I lived on Saipan with my family for several years and loved it! After I left for school and married Austin, I just had to come back and show him all the places and people I love. My friends and I used to camp out on Managaha all the time and I wanted to do that with him! Talk about the most romantic trip ever! The weather was perfect on Managaha and my husband LOVED it!! We snorkeled in the bright blue water and then pried open some coconuts for a snack. We had the whole island to ourselves for a very peaceful, beautiful night. He loved the crabs all over the beach in the morning and it was super romantic of course. Thanks for being so helpful! You made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. I can't thank you enough!"
p.s. Sorry for the delay getting back to you! We had such a great time I didn't even check my email!! :)
The color of the water near Managaha island and Memorial Park,
and in other locations around the island. It is the color of bright Jade.
Just loving it!
How safe it feels. During the days that I did the homestay, the entrance was never locked
. I used to do that in California so
it was not surprising to me, but it would be shocking to a person who has only
lived in the urban areas of most cities, where a steel door entrance is a must to fend
Beautiful, but uncrowded beaches. Better yet, beaches that are all public!
It is definitely touching to a person who has gotten used to seeing signs saying
"private property, do not trespass" in many scenery spots in other parts of the US.
And I love the newsaipan.com site! What a great mission. Here is an official statement if you like it better:
"We booked a ferry to Managaha through Destination Saipan. The whole thing was super easy thanks to the prompt feedback I received before I came. When we arrived on the dock the boat operators were extremely friendly.
Here is a photo (I think we look pretty good for having just camped on an tropical island, wouldn't you say? ;)
Kind Words from China
"My wife and I were considering moving to Saipan when we took the trip in December 2009.
Walt at DestinationSaipan helped us to secure the night on the arriving day with a nice
and clean hotel in the tourist area. It was also a breeze when we wanted to extend one
night with the same hotel. We wanted to stay with a local family and Walt also helped us
in finding the homestay. Walt even accompanied us to rental car return and the airline
check-in counter on the departure day. We found the service to be reliable and responsive.... We recommend
the service to visitors who want to have a tour of Saipan
more catering to their individual tastes and/or an off-the-beaten-path experience."
Q:What did you like best about Saipan?
"...I found that what really impressed me are the following:
I know this is probably not an exciting testimonial, but it is true to my heart.
--Jian G., from Weihai, Shandong, China