Reservations turn into cancellations for Guam tourism

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The few reservations that Guam tourism got when the island was normalizing under PCOR-3 have now turned into cancellations.

According to the Guam Visitors Bureau, this was brought about by the reversion of Guam to PCOR-1 and the spike in COVID-cases among Guam’s major tourism markets.

“The PCOR-1 level requires mandatory quarantine for inbound travelers. Relative to tourism, reservations are now turning into cancellations. And the longer this goes on, the longer unemployment goes on, and the longer businesses stay close,” GVB Chairman P. Sonny Ada said during Thursday’s board meeting.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the governor’s move to PCOR-1, Ada said GVB should be an “active voice” in educating the public that if Guam does not flatten the curve, tourism and its businesses will remain dead and high unemployment will continue.

“So I once again urge management to address and execute messaging to educate the public on the importance of adhering to COVID-19 protocols. To stay at home as is being urged,” Ada said.

Earlier, in a statement, Ada said he joins the Governor and island leaders in urging island residents and businesses to heed the call to stay home.

“It is critical the island brings its positivity rate down otherwise jeopardizing planned airline and travel packages slated for September and October. Travel surveys tell us key factors in determining a destination of travel include the COVID-19 situation of the destination and the medical care system of the destination. Both of these situations on Guam do not bode well for Guam as a destination of choice. Therefore, I ask the community to heed the call to stay home and remain vigilant in wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands.”