Members of the Guam Visitors Bureau board have expressed delight over the growing popularity of the Netflix movie shot on Guam.
Entitled “Operation Christmas Drop,” the movie was just released last week but is now in the Top 10 list of Netflix, ranking number six as of Thursday, Nov. 12.
GVB board member Joann Camacho said the movie was an “eye-opener” for those who haven’t visited the island before.
Therese Arriola, another GVB board member, said the movie provided great exposure for Guam to the world.
“It’s great coverage and exposure that we could not have afforded,” Arriola said.
For his part, GVB president Carl Gutierrez, who is also the governor’s economic development adviser, said the Netflix movie showed that a movie industry could be viable on Guam.
According to Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, whose office coordinated the filming of the movie on Guam last year, “Operation Christmas Drop” brought in about $250,000 in revenues to various Guam businesses.
The Speaker, who has been pushing for the establishment of a Guam Film Office, said money was spent on 2,000 room nights in four local hotels and about 50 cars were rented from local businesses for one to two months, in addition to the trucks and trailers rented from local businesses.
Moreover, she said 50 Guamanians were hired and trained as crew members, and hundreds of extras were hired for background work and over $200,000 was spent on local service businesses as well.
During the board meeting, Gutierrez also announced that GVB will be helping with donations to the real “Operational Christmas Drop” — the longest-running humanitarian airlift operation conducted by the U.S. Air Force during which crews taking off from Andersen Air Force Base and drop off supplies and other necessities to far-flung islands across the Pacific.
The Netflix movie is loosely based on the real-life Operation Christmas Drop and it is about a congressional aide and a U.S. Air Force captain who clash when she’s asked to shut down the tropical U.S. Air Force base he calls home.