GVB: Guam had best July in tourism history

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Guam hosted its best performing July in the island’s tourism’s history, the Guam Visitors Bureau reported.

According to GVB, the island welcomed 136,878 visitors in July, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year.

The midsummer month was an event-filled time for both visitors and local residents, as GVB hosted its signature BBQ Block Party event on July 6 and wrapped up with Guam’s Historic 75th Liberation Celebration.

GVB said strong growth in Japan arrivals (+19.8%) helped boost total arrivals to Guam as the Korea market continues to stabilize (-3.9%).

“With July usually being a shoulder period in visitor arrivals, we are pleased that our efforts in our major source markets have continued to bring in record arrivals for our island,” GVB President and CEO Pilar Laguaña said in a statement.

Other source markets that recorded strong growth include Palau (+24.9%), the Philippines (+17.4%), Europe (+26.3%), Russia (+32.5%), Singapore (+69.9%) and Malaysia (+18.8%).