Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau led by Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes returned from the 2011 Taipei International Tourism Fair in Taiwan held on November 09 – 12.
The delegation made up by Senator Muña Barnes, GVB Board of Directors Member Hayato “Jack” Yoshino, General Manager Joann Camacho, GVB Marketing Manager Pilar Laguaña and GVB Marketing Officer Regina Nedlicpromoted the island and its culture in Guam’s third largest tourist market.
Guam’s booth greeted fairgoers with an energetic Hafa Adai Guam Cultural Dance Show that featured local dancers and music from Jesse Bias and Ruby Santos. Guam’s booth also featured live weaving demonstrations, Guam Informational sessions and giveaway competitions.
[Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes and GVB General Manager Joann Camacho joins Miss Asia Pacific World Guam 2011 Naiomi Santos and cultural dancers on stage at the 2011 Taipei International Tourism Fair]
On November 9th the Guam delegation hosted a luncheon for industry partners to thank them for their continuous support during the 2011 fiscal year. The Taiwan market has shownsubstantial growth sending over 40,700 tourists through October 31. This represents a 40.6% increase compared to last year. Among the industry partners were representatives from China Airlines, EVA Airlines, American Institute in Taiwan, the Taiwan Visitors Association, and various travel agencies, hotels, and wedding companies.
Senator Tina Muña Barnes expressed her gratitude for Taiwan’s efforts in developing a close relationship with Guam, not only through tourism, but also in local projects held on Guam, such as the APAC Little League Baseball Tournament, and the first annual film festival. Sen. Barnes expressed Guam’s heightened attention and hopeful expectation of the Taiwan market in the coming year.
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam, Vice President Fong Wu was also a special guest at this gathering. Wu not only praised Guam as a tourism destination, but also strongly encouraged both airline partners to give Taiwanese consumers the better flight times they deserve.
While in Taiwan, the Guam delegation also met with top executives from China Airlines and Eva Airlines. During the separate meetings both airlines reiterated their commitment to Guam and confirmed plans to increased seats to Guam in 2012. Both airlines expressed growing interest in promoting Guam in Taiwan through themed travel packages like sports, weddings, and English education tourism.
“Taiwan is a fast emerging market for Guam.” GVB General Manager Joann Camacho said. “With an over 40% increase in arrivals this year, we are grateful for the support given to us by our partners in Taiwan. We are excited and committed to continue working with them to offer our visitors from Taiwan a unique experience of Guam through what we have to offer and through who we are as a people.”