Last month was a great month for the Guam Visitors Bureau.
Guam – Racking in about 135-thousand visitors, August 2015 is now the third top month in the history of tourism for Guam.
According to a news release from GVB, August 2015 also took the place of January 2015 to become the top month for Korea arrivals, totaling about 43-thousand visitors. GVB attributes the monumental growth in number of visitors from Korea to the increased seat capacity from Incheon and additional direct flights through Busan. They also expect the arrival numbers from Korea to climb during the coming months with even more direct flights through Air Busan as well as T’Way Air’s upcoming service to Guam in October.
However, while Korea is leading the charts in Guam’s tourist market, Japan is slowly moving farther down the list. The release indicates that Typhoon Soudelor had an effect on Japanese arrival numbers, as Guam received 15.9% less visitors from Japan last month. It’s estimated that nearly a thousand Japanese travelers bound for Guam canceled their trip as a result of the storm.
GVB General Manager Nathan Denight says they will remain focused on the Tourism 2020 plan, which is a goal to bring 20 million visitors by the year 2020. He says GVB will continue to invest heavily into the community, improve tourism product results, and work with travel agents.