Guam – Continental [not yet United] and the Palau Visitors Authority organized a media familiarization tour to the Republic of Palau from October 4 – 8, 2010.
[Continential’s Mary Torre explained that even though the United-Continental merger has been approved, the name change is not yet legally in effect and she was not able to say when the name change will take affect.]
The media tour will include seven Japanese journalists from print and broadcast media in Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka including three newspapers, two women magazines and one FM radio station. The expected media coverage will reach a total of 4 million consumers across three regions in Japan.
Media familiarization tours are a good example of Continental’s continued efforts to promote and showcase Palau as a perfect leisure destination to the general public in Japan. Continental Airlines has convenient access to Palau via Guam from nine cities, namely Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.
Effective October 2 Continental improved its daily Palau – Guam flight schedule by increasing its non-stop frequency from four times weekly to six times weekly. In addition to these non-stop flights, a flight from Palau to Guam will make a stopover in Yap every Sunday and a flight from Guam to Palau will make a same stopover in Yap every Saturday. The Palau-Guam service is operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 14 seats in business class and 141 seats in economy on the route.
“Palau is one of the most important beyond-Guam destinations for Continental Airlines and we are excited to work with the Palau Visitors Authority to introduce the beauty of Palau to more Japanese travelers through this important media familiarization tour,” stated Matt Miller, Managing Director – Asia/Pacific for Continental Airlines.
He said “Continental Airlines is proud of our 40 years of service to Palau and the fact that we are the only airline providing regular daily service for visitors from nine cities in Japan, Guam and the US mainland.”