Guam – The Guam Visitor’s Bureau reports that arrivals slipped 1.6% between March 1 and March 20 of this year compared to the same period last year.
Japanese arrivals continue to slide, dropping 11.9% from 64,722 to 56, 988, a loss of 7,734 visitors. Korean arrivals continue to climb, up 37.1% to 14, 343, a gain of 3,882.
Arrivals from both Taiwan and China bounced back this month, rising 20% and 14.2 % respectively.
And the Russian market grew 167%, climbing from 430 last year to 1,148 this year.
READ the release from GVB below:
Preliminary Visitor Arrival Weekly Report for Civilian Air Arrivals only from March 1-20, 2014.
March is historically the best month for visitor arrivals. In 2013, March broke all records in the last 50 years of tourism totaling more than 136,278 and breaking August 1995’s previous record of 135,170.
March 2014 arrivals remain relatively even with 2013 because Guam’s tourism industry is the most diverse its been. While Japan arrivals are slightly lower, a variety of other markets continue to trend upwards to make overall arrival numbers for this period in March reach more than 80,000 for the second year in a row.
Arrivals from Korea rose 37.1%, as well as Taiwan by 20% and the Philippines by 36.4%. Additionally, the Russia Federation arrivals grew by 167%, while the People’s Republic of China moved up by 14.2% and Hong Kong increased up by 38.4%.