Despite Wutip, February saw good arrival numbers


Guam – This February ranks the second best February in Guam’s tourism history, according to Guam Visitors Bureau.

Visitor arrivals for February 2019 reached 137,244, a 7.9 percent increase from the February 2018 total.

This increase was achieved despite Super Typhoon Wutip passing over the island late in the month.

Twenty five flights were canceled on Feb. 23 and 24, which resulted in 4,993 seats lost for the month.

The Korea market experienced a 2.3 percent decrease in arrivals because of the flight cancellations.

However, this loss was mitigated by Japan arrivals which increased 25.2 percent compared to the same time last year. Visitor arrivals increased considerably from the U.S., Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Europe, Hong Kong, and Russia.

The newer markets of Singapore and Malaysia continued to show a high potential, growing 60.6 percent and 240 percent, respectively .

“We are thankful our island got through Typhoon Wutip and finished the month strong,” Pilar Laguana, GVB president and CEO Pilar said. “We thank our industry for working together and continuing to share our Hafa Adai spirit.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.