Guam has joined the South Pacific Cruise Alliance (SPCA), becoming its ninth member.
David Vaeafe, from American Samoa and president and chairman of the SPCA, said in a statement that Guam’s location in the northern Pacific and proximity to Asia makes it an ideal cruising destination from the eastern markets and a potential homeport for cruising around Micronesia.
He added that SPCA welcomes the opportunity to share information, best practices and experiences to help the destination develop its cruising sector.
SPCA members include American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Wallis & Futuna.
For 2020, 723 cruise ships are expected to call at SPCA ports and destinations.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero recently signed an executive order establishing a working group to determine a strategy in implementing Guam’s small-ship cruise industry.
According to the executive order, Guam’s tourism industry can benefit greatly with a cruise ship Industry and the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures had previously recommended that Micronesian governments look into establishing a regional cruise industry with the adoption of several resolutions over the years.