“Whether they stay in Japan or come to Guam there is no difference in their level of safety.” – GVB CEO Nate Denight.
Guam – Kyodo news is reporting that two Japanese high schools have canceled trips to Guam because of North Korea’s recent threats.
Oita Hofu high school and Shimodate Daiichi high school were the two schools who reportedly canceled. According to Kyodo news the decision was made to “secure the safety of students and eliminate their parents’ concerns.” The Oita Hofu high school was planning on sending 280 second year students to Guam in late October.
GVB CEO Nate Denight says this is precisely why he and the Lt. Governor went to Japan last week to assuage fears about any North Korean threats to Guam.
“Guam receives so many school groups especially in the fall time. Last year for example we had 188 school groups from Japan and so Guam is really popular because we are so close and such a safe destination,” said Denight adding, “When you talk about school groups they are very risk averse. You know you talk about parents and teachers and you know we share their concerns but really we’re trying to let them know whether they stay in Japan or come to Guam there is no difference in their level of safety.”
Denight says that August is still on pace to be a record month for tourism arrivals but he is concerned about the medium to long term effects of North Korea’s threats.