Tourism businesses urged to reopen as visitors start to trickle in

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Tourism-related businesses are being urged to reopen as visitors start to trickle in and patronize the island’s hotels.

Milton Morinaga, chairman of the Guam Visitors Bureau, said a lot of stores, tourism-related businesses, and optional tours are still closed.

Morinaga said during the GVB board meeting Tuesday that these businesses should start opening because the island is now seeing an increase in visitors from Taiwan now, and soon from Korea and Japan.

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GVB President Carl Gutierrez said that one of the crucial businesses that should reopen is the trolley system which transports visitors from the hotels to the various shopping centers and tourism sights on the island.

GVB Vice President Gerry Perez said that from July 1 to 16 alone, the period when the Taiwan Air V&V tourists began to arrive, visitor arrivals had a 385.7 percent increase from the same period last year when visitor arrivals were virtually at a standstill.

There have been 917 arrivals to date from the Air V&V program with another 170 scheduled to arrive today, July 27.

Of the Air V&V arrivals, 558 chose to have the Pfizer vaccine, 147 the Moderna vaccine, and 149 the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Gutierrez said the next charter flights from Taiwan are coming on Aug. 8 and Aug. 12 with an estimated 800 passengers.

With regard to the Korea market, Gutierrez said Jin Air continues to fly weekly and T’Way is scheduled to begin a weekly flight on July 31 using a B737 with 189 seats.

In addition, Korean Air will have twice-a-week flights to Guam starting Aug. 6 using a B777 with 277 seats.