Guam – To celebrate 50 years of Tourism on Guam, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is offering a free, all day “Rediscover Guam” Island Bus Tour open to all residents on July 6, 13, and 27.
“This is a milestone not only for GVB, but for all the people of Guam,” General Manager Karl A. Pangelinan said. “50 years ago, our leaders saw the potential this industry could have in developing the island’s economic independence. Today through their efforts, it is the largest economic contributor and accounts for more than a third of the island’s employment.”
50 years ago, the Guam Tourist Commission was established by then Governor Manuel Guerrero, under the Guam Department of Commerce. In 1967, Guam welcomed its first international commercial flight with 109 Japanese tourists and media. In 1970, Governor Carlos Camacho renamed and restructured the GTC into the Guam Visitors Bureau.
Pangelinan added, “A lot of times, we take for granted some of the things that make Guam a great place to live, work and visit. We are pleased to offer this bus tour as an opportunity for our local residents, you, our stakeholders to ‘Rediscover’ what makes Guam the world-class destination of choice and why over a million visitors annually come to our island paradise.”
To encourage local participation in the industry, and to elevate understanding of Guam’s primary economic driver, the bus tours will take residents to the more popular tourist sites, including a drive through Tumon and Pleasure Island, visits to Two Lovers Point, historic Hagåtña, the site for the new Guam Museum, Asan Bay Overlook, National Park Service’s T. Stell Newman Visitors Center, a tour through the southern end of the island, including a visit to Jeff’s Pirates Cove and more.
The tours will be guided by local historian, Toni “Malia” Ramirez and are free of charge. Refreshments will be available however, lunch is not provided.
Pangelinan continued, “GVB is always busy promoting our beautiful island outward, but we’re happy to acknowledge the generosity and warm Håfa Adai spirit of our people by taking them on a relaxing, informational tour of Guam to essentially be tourists for a day”.
Interested residents may pre-register in person or by contacting GVB prior to the tours. Seats are limited to 50 guests per tour.