Guam- The company that accounts for 30% of the island’s hotel accommodations has committed to showcasing the Chamorro culture.
In a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Tuesday morning, Ken Corporation and several of its hotel officials, including the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Guam, Pacific Islands Club, Hotel Nikko Guam, and the Country Club of the Pacific golf course, put pen to paper to sign the Hafa Adai Pledge commitment.
The pledge program was developed by the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) as a way to promote the Hafa Adai spirit within the business community. Each pledge is tailor made to fit each business. GVB Deputy General Manager Ernie Galito says to date, 24 companies have committed to incorporating Hafa Adai initiatives into their business protocol.
“We just want to remind people that the Hafa Adai Pledge is not to GVB, it’s to the people of Guam” said Galito. “And it’s their contribution on how to make Guam unique, not only for our visitors but also for our residents and who live that may not be from Guam, including the military.”
GVB is also preparing to further promote the use of “Hafa Adai” in the coming year with visitors and locals. Officials are developing a program to reward tourists who practice saying the greeting to the local community.