“This year is just a banner year for our Tourism Industry. I can tell you exactly who is responsible for these achievements: tourism workers. From the hotel workers to our tour guides and restaurant employees, it’s their warm Hafa Adai spirit that keeps our visitors coming back and the reason this industry is thriving.”
— Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
August 2013 Is the Third Best Month in History for Tourism Arrivals
August 2013 is going down as the third-best month in tourism history, GVB’s research department confirmed. Arrivals totaled 134,357, beating out August 2001 for third place. A list of the top 15 months for arrivals in tourism history is attached.
Fiscal-Year-to-Date Numbers through September 20, 2013 top 1.3 million visitors
Total fiscal-year-to-date arrivals (October 2012 to September 20, 2013) are up by 5.9%. Japan arrivals are up 0.7%, and Korea by 41.5%. Arrivals from the People’s Republic of China are up 14.3%, and the Russian Federation by 111%.
Calendar-Year-to-Date-Arrivals (January 2013 to September 20, 2013)
Total calendar-year-to-date arrivals are up by 3.7%. Japan arrivals are slightly down by 2.3%, and Korea up by 39.9%. Arrivals from the People’s Republic of China are up 20.4%, and the Russian Federation by 79.1%.
Bright Future for the Tourism Industry
“This year, we celebrate 50 years of tourism on Guam, and what a year it has been. We are breaking records, seeing historic arrivals from Korea and being recognized internationally for the great work we are doing to market our island paradise. In March of this year we saw the highest number of arrivals in our history and today, we are seeing that momentum continue. Without the help of all the men and women who work in our industry this would not have been possible. Because of you, we are forging a future that will bring Guam’s tourism product to the next level and experience some of the most exciting times in our tourism story. We thank you and look forward to the next 50 years.”
– GVB General Manager Karl A. Pangelinan