Palau wants to use Guam as a hub for attracting more tourists

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Guam Visitors Bureau president and former governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez. (PNC file photo)

Guam Visitors Bureau President Carl T.C. Gutierrez has just come back from Palau where he met with Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. as well as various legislative and executive department officials on the possibility of starting travel partnerships between Guam and Palau involving Guam’s source tourism markets and the airlines that service the island.

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“They’ve reached out twice to us from the Minister of Tourism, asking that we figure out how we can band together to make an airline movement to Taiwan and Korea, particularly those two areas,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said they had a week-long meeting with Palau officials to discuss possibilities in cross-marketing, regional tourism, and combining the travel synergies of the two destinations.

According to Gutierrez, Palau is keen on having a partnership with Guam in bringing in more tourists to Palau using Guam as a hub and take-off point for U.S. airlines.

“We had really good conversations during the many gatherings with the President and the Minister of Tourism. We talked about how they really are looking to Guam, to be able to sustain particularly Korean tourists because they’re afraid they may never get any continuity or sustainability. So they’re looking for us to help them do that,” Gutierrez said.

He added: “We have come up with a plan for Korea that factors in the US carrier which already serves Guam and Palau, which is United Airlines … It gives us unfettered access back and forth Guam and Palau, picking up passengers, if we use the US carrier, instead of a foreign carrier that may not be able to go through here, pick up passengers, and allow them to go back to Korea.”

Gutierrez also represented Guam and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero during Palau’s 27th Independence Day ceremony.

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