GVB posts record-breaking tourism numbers

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The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) has announced that the final two months of fiscal year 2019 posted new records, resulting in Guam achieving its best fiscal year to date with a total of 1.63 million visitors.

GVB President and CEO Pilar Laguaña told the Andrea Pellacani show on NewsTalk K57 that this is the highest tourism arrival figure in Guam’s tourism industry.

“We are celebrating fantastic results. August was a historic month. We received 169,856 visitors. That’s a 9.6 percent increase,” Laguaña said, adding that last August can be considered the best month in Guam’s tourism history.

September arrivals also finished strong with 137,680 visitors, a 21.8 percent increase, to become the top September of all time, breaking last year’s record of 113,065 visitors.

In addition, Laguaña said the Japan market demonstrated a substantial recovery with a 53.6 percent increase when compared to September 2018. Korea arrivals also grew to 61,412 visitors, a 6.3 percent increase.

“We’ve achieved a new fiscal year milestone with over 1.63 million visitors for the first time in our history in tourism. We also achieved the best August and September of all time. This is fantastic news, especially seeing the increase in the economic impact when compared to last year,” Laguaña said.

She added: “I want to thank our partners in the travel trade, airlines, local government, private sector and other stakeholders for supporting our tourism industry, as well as the GVB board of directors and staff.”