Guam Visitors Bureau wins “E” award for excellence and export service

Published on : Monday, June 19, 2017

Guam Visitors BureauThe Guam Visitors Bureau won a prestigious national award recently. This reminds us how far the territory’s tourism industry has come!

 
Recognizing tourism as an export, the U.S. Commerce Department honored GVB with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service in May of this year. The “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can get for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

 
GVB, along with 31 other U.S. companies and organizations, was recognized as part of the 55th anniversary of the President’s “E” Award Program. GVB is the first organization from Guam to earn the “E” Award. It is also the first tourism organization in the United States to get this award.

 
The Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, “The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with GVB’s Tourism 2020 strategic plan development and engagement, which resulted in exceptional year-over-year growth in tourism to Guam,” Ross stated. “The organization’s innovative and broad-reaching program to capture larger segments of the Chinese tourism market was also particularly notable. GVB’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

 
The Tourism 2020 plan is making a difference. It is helping the island become a world-class, first-tier resort destination. In 2016, Guam reached a new record of 1.5 million visitor arrivals. With tourism growing, there is also a boost in hotel occupancy tax revenue, as well as a increase in the number of jobs.

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