GVB: ‘We’re basically shut down’

Guam Visitors Bureau (PNC file photo)

The Guam Visitors Bureau held a board meeting this afternoon reiterating what everybody has known for a long time already — that tourism on Guam is dead.

This time, GVB had a new set of statistics, the July monthly data, but it showed the same thing — that the island virtually has no visitors from its major markets of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

GVB vice president Gerry Perez, who presented the latest July arrivals figures, said both Japan and Korea figures are at -99.9 percent while Taiwan is at -99.4 percent.

“We’re basically shut down,” Perez said.

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GVB vice-chairman Milton Morinaga, who presided over the board meeting in the absence of chairman Sonny Ada, said the only consolation is that Guam is not alone in suffering a spike in COVID-19.

Morinaga said that Hawaii, which only recently got a favored safe destination designation from Japan, continues to spike and that the Hawaii governor, David Ige, had to extend Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine.

In addition, Morinaga said New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have put Hawaii on a travel advisory and watch list.