It seems that even if tourism were to open on Guam, most of our source markets wouldn’t really have a way to get here.
At a Guam Visitors Bureau board meeting Thursday, members discussed the varying obstacles stopping tourists from returning to our island.
One of the biggest challenges is the quarantine travelers would be facing when they return back to their home countries.
Milton Morinaga, the GVB board vice-chair, told meeting attendees that flight resumption is also an issue, with most airlines not planning regular service until the end of July.
“Korea is pretty fast in making decisions when they travel because they don’t make their decisions until last minute, not like the other countries. So, once we get everything all good-to-go, and our message from the Governor, they will act fast. Japan, I don’t think will happen fast. Japan Airlines already is not going to come in and then also, the Japan traveler is not going to push for abroad tour. So that means the major travel won’t happen until August. So, let’s see what will happen on that one,” Morinaga said.
Morinaga says most people on the Korean flights at first, will be residents, wanting to return home to Guam.
Travelers from Taiwan and China are not expected back until the beginning of October.
The GVB board also shared an arrivals snapshot which showed virtually no tourists from April 1 until the end of May.