GVB Touts Best February in Record for Visitor Arrivals


The Guam Visitors Bureau has reached another major milestone with last month’s visitor arrivals.

GVB says February arrivals have set records for the month with about 126-thousand visitors to the island, breaking the previous record by 3 thousand visitors.

GVB Spokesman Josh Tyquiengco says growing and diversifying visitor markets are paying off as they continue to promote the Chamorro culture and the Hafa Adai spirit. He says they were also able to achieve this banner month through the influx of tourists celebrating Chinese New Year.

Tyquienco tells us that Guam also surpassed its 35 millionth visitor since 1966 with February’s banner arrivals and they’re also seeing more Japanese tourists.

He says, “For this past month, Japan also showed signs of great improvement. In fact, this is the best I think Japan arrivals have been in two years. On average, Japan arrivals have been declining about 7% but this past month, it has declined 1.5%. That to us says the Japan economy is improving and we’re hoping that for this month, we’ll see some growth in the Japan market.”

Tyquiengco says GVB is looking to expand their signature events and sports tourism to attract more visitors to the island, which will help them achieve their Tourism 2020 goals of 2 million visitors by the year 2020.