Governor Lou Leon Guerrero just came back from a trip with the Guam Visitors Bureau to officially introduce Guam’s new leadership to key trade partners and further develop the Japan market.
According to a release from GVB, the executive introduction trip took place from Aug. 25-28 in Tokyo. The governor, along with GVB Board Chairman Sonny Ada, President and CEO Pilar Laguaña and other members of the delegation participated in high-level meetings with the Japan Association of Travel Agents, Japan Tourism Agency, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, and other travel trade and government partners.
They also discussed travel trends and Haneda flight opportunities. The group also received support from the U.S. Embassy, noting that Guam accounted for about 17 percent of 5.6 million Japanese visitors that traveled to the United States.
Laguaña stated, “Guam must do all that it can to attract more air seat inventory and fill those seats to regain our market position in Japan. Due to the volatile industry that we are in, we must continue to go after more air seats.”
Currently there are 4 airlines operating 64 flights per week directly from Japan to Guam. In addition, there are 800 charter flights being scheduled in 2019, which will also provide additional air seats. According to GVB, over 90% of the hotels in Guam provide ocean views, which appeals diverse age segments ranging from families with small children and first-time travelers to special interest visitors and MICE groups.
GVB anticipates another record fiscal year by the end of September with over 1.6 million visitors welcomed to Guam for FY 2019.