GVB: Guam is Seeing an Increase in Travelers from Asia

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According to the Guam Visitors Bureau, there has been a +219.5% increase in tourism, as Guam welcomed 41,091 visitors in July. 

The Korean market dominated 68% of the total visitors arriving followed by the US market at 16%, Japan at 5%, the Philippines at 2%, and all other markets at 9%. 

According to GVB President and CEO Carl T.C. Gutierrez, “The proof is in the pudding. It’s what you see right here on our beautiful island. Look around. See how crowded the beaches are and the number of people that are eating out and shopping at our retail outlets. Tourism is recovering and people are visiting and spending.” 

In an interview with PNC, Nico Fujikawa– Director of Tourism Research and Strategic Planning for GVB, Fujikawa talks about how the fiscal year is projected to end by saying, “Originally, we projected about 130,000 people for the fiscal year 2022 which ends next month at the end of September.”

Fujikawa added, “And now, we’re looking to bring in about over 200,000 people. So originally 130,000. We’re tracking closer to 200,000 if that trend keeps up.”

According to GVB Spokesperson Josh Tyquiengco, there is an incentive for visitors that travel to Guam saying, “We have a free testing program that we’re working with Public Health on that’s through the end of September and that’s going to be one of the big incentives for travelers to come here because that money that they usually spend to test before they go back, they could just save that money and infuse it back into the local economy.”

To view GVB’s visitor reports, visit guamvisitorsbureau.com.

Reach reporter Jannette Samson: jannette@spbguam.com

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.