GVB: ‘Air V&V just on hold temporarily’

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GVB President Carl Gutierrez hands out bottled water and sanitizer to a Taiwanese tourist. (GVB file photo)

The Guam Visitors Bureau has denied international reports that it has already suspended its tourism vaccination program dubbed “Air V&V.”

According to GVB President Carl Gutierrez, the “Air Vaccination & Vacation” program is just temporarily on hold until Guam gets out of its “very high” travel risk status issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

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“Our negotiations with Lion Travel and Eva Air were to be finalized Wednesday but due to CDC downgrading our COVID status to avoid travel to Guam, we agreed to wait for a lifting of the level four status,” Gutierrez told PNC.

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control placed Guam on its “very high” travel risk level, CDC’s highest risk level, and recommended avoiding travel to Guam.

Guam’s previous rating was “high” which was given at the beginning of August after being in the “moderate” level since June.

Gutierrez acknowledged that the latest CDC rating has adversely affected Guam’s image as a tourist destination.

However, he strongly denied international reports which stated that Guam has already suspended the Air V&V program.

“On the contrary. Both Lion Travel and Eva Air initiated longer-term charters. Hopefully, after a month, we can finalize these agreements,” Gutierrez said.

He added: “In fact, Taiwanese airline Starlux will get all its permits by October and it is ready to fly to Guam when we are ready to receive them.”

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