Guam – When tourism began in 1967 after the first group of Japanese visitors came to Guam aboard a historic PanAm flight, the Government of Guam Department of Commerce managed the industry’s growth through the Guam Tourist Commission.
Three years later, Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) was formed by P.S. 19-10 to take the helm of the developing industry. After 40 years of working toward a sustaining tourism industry for Guam, GVB wants to share its birthday celebration with the community.
On Oct. 2, GVB will host a festival marking its 40th birthday at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring entertainment on two outdoor stages, cultural dance performances, a Passport to Guam’s Villages contest that will give attendees the chance to enter a grand prize drawing, 19 village booths offering unique products and food from each respective village, a dance competition for groups below 40 years of age and 40 years of age and over, and a village table top display contest.
Partners for the event include the Department of Chamorro Affairs, CAHA, Guam Farmers Cooperative Association, Guam Legislature, the Guam Airport Authority, the Department of Public Works, the Mayor’s Council of Guam, Servicio Para I Manamko (SPIMA), and the island’s villages.
“We want this to be a community-wide celebration,” said GVB General Manager Gerald S.A. Perez. “The success we’ve seen in the past 40 years that has led to more than 1 million visitors to our island annually is a culmination of our efforts at GVB and the community to showcase Guam as a destination of choice. We’d like to encourage families, government leaders, residents from each of our villages, and friends of GVB to come to this event. It’s sure to be a good time.”
One of the birthday celebration’s highlights will be the Passport to Guam’s Villages, in which attendees will be issued a passport that gets stamped by a representative at each village booth. Once attendees have a stamp from each village, they’ll be eligible to enter the grand prize raffle drawing.
A dance contest for teams over and under age 40 will also be held to see who has the best “Electric Slide.” To enter, contact Amy Pangelinan at [email protected].