Gutierrez: Governor has committed $20 million for Guam tourism

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Guam Visitors Bureau president and former governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez. (PNC file photo)

Guam Visitors Bureau President Carl T.C. Gutierrez announced that Adelup has committed $20 million in federal money to help Guam’s tourism industry recover.

During Thursday’s GVB board meeting, Gutierrez said he met with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and the governor told him that she would be committing $20 million for Guam tourism out of the $661 million that Guam is expected to receive from the COVID relief package which just passed Congress.

Gutierrez said GVB in the past was not eligible to receive this federal money. But he said the governor communicated with Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas to make sure that GVB can utilize the federal funding that is coming.

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“The federal funding will enable GVB to move forward to aggressively market Guam when we open up. Hopefully, by Saturday morning, the COVID package would be signed by President Biden and become law. And maybe in two weeks, the governor will receive the $661 million. And she’s committed to give us $20 million of that,” Gutierrez said.

He added that some of the federal funding will be used for the funding of the Matapang Beach upgrade project.

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“We have elevated the Matapang Beach project into a faster track because for the last several months, if not more than a year, the GVB destination management committee has been pushing for this upgrade at the top end, which is not just for the tourists, but certainly for the people of Guam too,” the GVB president said.

Gutierrez also updated the GVB board on his recent designation as the governor’s “permitting czar.” He said his work in this area will still have a connection with tourism as he will be working to fast-track the approval of H2B workers that can work on tourism capital improvement projects.

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