I don't always trust what the newspapers on Saipan report. In today's Variety, an article reports that 23 government officials are going on a business junket in Hawaii. In the same paper, an editorial says that 32 are going. The article reports that the cost per participant for the two day conference is $3,846.60.
If the newspaper is to be believed, which often it is not, that means that the cost of the two day conference to the CNMI government is somewhere between $44,235.90 - $61,545.60 PER DAY.
The Variety is reporting that the airfare alone is $2,221.10 per person, while the Tribune is reporting that the airfare is no more than $900 per person. A quick check of continental.com quoted me a price of over $2000 for this trip (if booked today). The price at nwa.com was a litter lower, but still over $1400 (if booked today).
So who do you believe? How many people are going? How much will it cost per person? Is the government footing the entire bill? What will the CNMI get for $60,000 per day?
These are important questions. We've all heard the saying that "you have to spend money to make money," but is it really necessary to spend so much? Hell, we don't even know how much they are spending because the newspapers can't get their stories straight.