Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, economic ties between Guam and Taiwan are blossoming.
According to Guam Visitors Bureau Chairman Sonny Ada, they have been meeting with Taipei Economic and Cultural Office director General Paul Chen who expressed the Taiwan government’s desire to have even closer economic ties with Guam.
Taiwan was one of Guam’s regular sources of tourists before the pandemic hit and GVB believes Taiwan will be the tourism market that recovers soonest because of its success in mitigating the COVID-19 virus.
Because of Taiwan’s interest, GVB president Carl Gutierrez said the Guam International Airport Authority and the Guam Economic Development Authority are joining GVB in looking at ways by which stronger economic ties with Taiwan can be attained.
Despite the pandemic, Gutierrez said his sources tell him that Taiwanese tourists are eager to travel to Guam because of their love for the island’s clear, blue waters and the fact that Guam is only about 3 and a half hours away.
In fact, Gutierrez said StarLux, Taiwan’s chic new airline, has already applied for a Taiwan-Guam route in anticipation of Guam’s recovery from COVID-19 in 2022.
StarLux is an international airline company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. It operated its first flight from Taipei to Macau on January 2020.
The airline has already ordered 17 wide-body A350 air jets from Airbus that are scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021.
According to the carrier’s plan, nine of these – A350-900s – will be operating on flights to Guam, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
According to Gutierrez, EVA Air has also been approved to resume air services to Guam.