GVB Celebrates Best November in Guam Tourism History


Governor Eddie Calvo says he is looking forward to seeing the number for December as well as for the entire year. In a release, he says he couldn’t be more proud of everyone at GVB and their partners in the industry.

Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau is celebrating last month as the best November in Guam’s tourism history.

According to a release from GVB, Guam welcomed more than 121,000 visitors in November 2015, a 14.7% increased compared to the visitor arrival numbers in the previous year. GVB signature events, including the 10th Guam Ko’ko’ Half Marathon & Ekiden Relay and 9th Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run, contributed to the increase in November. GVB says Shop Guam Festival, which started November 1 and continues through Feb. 15, 2016, also proved attractive to visitors, helping to boost the growth in arrivals. GVB sponsored events, such as the Matao vs. Iran game and Japan Autumn Festival, also were factors. In addition, November 2015 broke the record set in August 2015 for the best month documented for Korea arrivals, with a total of 43,030 visitors thanks to more flight services. 

GVB General Manager Nate Denight says, “We’re continuing to add new air service. We have Cebu Pacific coming in March and an airline from Korea is interested, East Star so it’s all good news for Guam tourism. We’re also working with our partnership with the airport and GEDA. We want to get more flight services and hotel development so we have the people coming we have to put them somewhere.”
While Korea arrival numbers continue to rise, Denight says signs of stabilization continue to be noted for Guam’s top market of Japan. The island may have received 3.4% less visitors from Japan in November, but total outbound from Japan continues to be on the decline.