GVB: 2013 Fourth Best Year for Tourism On Guam

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Guam –  2013 ranks as the 4th highest year ever for visitor arrivals on Guam.

According to the latest report from the Guam Visitor’s Bureau,  Guam welcomed 1,334,497 visitors last year, 26,462 more than in 2012.  That is a 2% increase.

It was the best year for visitor arrivals since 1997.    Only 1995, ’96 and ’97 had better arrival numbers. [see list below].

READ the GVB Visitor Arrival Summary for December 2013 HERE

Although Japanese arrivals continued to decline in December, the number of Korean tourists continue to grow, along with the number of Chinese and Russian visitors. 

Commenting on the arrival number, Governor Eddie Calvo is quoted in a release as saying:

“Our tourism industry is stronger and more diverse than ever before.  This means more jobs are being created, and more economic opportunities are on the horizon.  Guam is doing well because of our committed private sector, friendly tourism workers, and a responsible government.  All of our collective efforts have made last year better than the year before—and we’re just getting started.”


Top 15 Calendar Year Visitor Arrivals to Guam

Calendar Year              Guam Arrivals

1997                           1,381,513
1996                           1,372,566
1995                           1,361,830
2013                           1,334,497
2012                           1,308,035
2000                           1,286,807
2005                           1,227,587
2007                           1,224,894
2006                           1,211,674
2010                           1,197,408
1999                           1,161,840
2004                           1,159,881
2011                           1,159,778
2001                           1,159,071
2008                           1,141,779

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

BREAKING NEWS: Visitor Arrivals in 2013 Even Better than 2012

NOTE: The following is a joint release from Governor Calvo and the Guam Visitors Bureau.

“Our tourism industry is stronger and more diverse than ever before.  This means more jobs are being created, and more economic opportunities are on the horizon.  Guam is doing well because of our committed private sector, friendly tourism workers, and a responsible government.  All of our collective efforts have made last year better than the year before—and we’re just getting started.” – Governor Eddie Calvo

2013 fourth best year for tourism in Guam’s history, another banner year

Tourism grew again. Last year was the fourth best year for tourism in Guam’s history, creating back-to-back banner years in the island’s history.

Calendar year-to-date arrivals for 2013 are 1,334,497.  This is a two percent increase from last year’s banner arrivals of 1,308,035 visitors.  These increases happened despite the global decline on Japanese tourism, and that’s because for the first time, Guam’s tourism profile is diversifying.

Additionally, the monthly visitor arrivals for December 2013 show another increase over last year, solidifying our second banner year in a row.  Guam welcomed 118,588 visitors in December 2013, a 0.7% increase when compared to December 2012.

The December 2013 Visitor Arrival Summary report also shows the largest growth patterns for CY 2013 is in specific visitor markets. In particular, arrivals for Korea increased by 34.4%, the People’s Republic of China rose 25.6% and the Russia Federation grew by 100.1%.

The December 2013 report is attached for your reference and use.

Top 15 Calendar Year Visitor Arrivals to Guam

Calendar Year              Guam Arrivals

1997                           1,381,513
1996                           1,372,566
1995                           1,361,830
2013                           1,334,497
2012                           1,308,035
2000                           1,286,807
2005                           1,227,587
2007                           1,224,894
2006                           1,211,674
2010                           1,197,408
1999                           1,161,840
2004                           1,159,881
2011                           1,159,778
2001                           1,159,071
2008                           1,141,779