“Sustaining and growing Guam’s primary industry is no easy task. The Guam Vistors Bureau and its industry partners continue to push aggressively to further diversify tourism. Their efforts are helping progress our economy and enhance the quality of life for all of our residents and the experiences of our visitors.”
– Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
Korea arrivals rank first in tourism history
The Guam Visitors Bureau Research Department confirmed about 135,498 visitors were recorded in August 2015, making it the third top month in the history of tourism. Additionally, August 2015 knocked down January 2015 to become the top month for Korea arrivals, totaling 42,733 visitors.
“We need to continue supporting GVB’s goals in accomplishing objectives of the Tourism 2020 plan because their hard work brings proven results that benefit everyone who calls our island paradice ‘home’,” Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio said.
Increased seat capacity from Incheon and additional direct flights through Busan have attributed to the monumental growth. More direct flights through Air Busan, as well as T’Way Air’s upcoming service to Guam in October will also help to support increased arrivals numbers.
“Achieving another milestone in visitor arrivals is exciting for our island,” said GVB General Manager Nathan Denight. “We remain focused on the Tourism 2020 plan because it is our road map to transform our island into the world class destination of choice and share what can be found only on Guam with the rest of the world. GVB continues to invest heavily into community, bettering the places enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike. Improving our tourism product results in better economic benefits for our people, making Guam the best place to live, work and visit.”
China shows strong growth
Direct charter flights from Tianjin helped to boost arrivals from China, with about 3,302 visitors that came to Guam in August
Typhoon Soudelor affects Japan arrivals
Guam received 15.9% less visitors from Japan last month. It’s estimated that nearly 1,100 Japanese travelers bound for Guam cancelled their trip as a result of Typhoon Soudelor. Meanwhile, total outbound from Japan is still down due to a weakening yen and Japanese travelers choosing domestic travel. GVB continues to work with travel agents, implementing marketing strategies that support growth in the Japan market.
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