GVB: New Year Charter Flights Will Bring Big Boost to Island’s Tourism Sector

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Guam – More than 30 charter flights from mainland China and Taiwan scheduled for late January through early February could potentially bring 4,972 additional visitors to Guam for the holiday.
Scheduled charter flights via Continental Airlines from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Hangzhou alone will create 1,377 additional seats, despite a lack of direct flights from China. Another 3,595 seats are scheduled on charters from Taipei aboard China Airlines & Continental Airlines.

“We normally receive a number of charters during this time of year, but this is definitely an increase in potential seat capacity over last year from these source markets,” said GVB General Manager Gerald S.A. Perez. “Cooperation like this from our airline partners tells us that not only is there interest from outbound travelers, but there’s desire to invest in Guam as a destination as well.”

The flights are scheduled to serve passengers using Airbus 330 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

“This calendar year, we’ve seen a nearly 50% growth in visitor arrivals from China, as well as a 42.7% growth from Taiwan,” said GVB Marketing Manager Pilar Laguaña. “Our goal is to keep that momentum going by continuing to work with our airline industry partners and increase our exposure with travel trade and consumers.”

Both China Airlines and Continental have partnered with local hotels and tour companies to market the charters as part of travel packages to Guam. Participating hotels include Bayview Hotel, Guam Marriott, Guam Reef, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Guam, Outrigger Resort Guam, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, and Westin Guam. China International Tours, Master Tours, Favour Tour, and Blue Pacific, will be handling visitors throughout their stay.

An additional six charter flights with a 912-person seat capacity from Korea is awaiting government approval.