Published on : Friday, January 13, 2017
Last year, over 1.53 million tourists had visited the island of Guam surpassing the tourism records of any year. This is because the tourism industry of the island had begun more than four decades ago.
The South Korean market had pulled the visitor industry to its news, highest-end tally.
This happened, in spite of the slump in tourist arrivals from Japan. Japan continues to be the largest tourism markets of Guam, but then it is gradually shrinking. South Korean tourists now make up about a third of the total number of visitor arrivals for Guam at 5,44,954 portraying a 27% increase as compared to the total number of tourists from the last year, as per the preliminary data from the Guam Visitors Bureau.
The Governor Eddie Calvo said that they had been able to reach new heights in the tourism industry.
Marking a sharp contrast to the South Korean market, the tourist arrivals from Japan continue to be the largest market at 7,45,69, marking a 3% decrease from the total amount of arrivals in the year 2015.
Nate Denight, the President of GVB said that they have a great momentum from last year. During the peak months he said that the Guam hotels are getting quite close to capacity. This is the reason why the people of Guam are excited about the new Tsubaki Towers that are going to be constructed soon.
This year, Guam expects to draw as much as 1.6 million visitors.
Denight also said that Japan is a great challenge at present. He added that they had actually lost some airline seats by the end of last year.
Also, GVB is making attempts to get more chartered flights in addition to regular airline service to Guam.
Visitor arrivals from Taiwan have gone flat at 42,229. And, arrivals from mainland China have increased by 14% to 27,013.
Major military exercises, the international Pacific-Asia Travel Association conference, the Festival of the Pacific Arts and other events also went a long way to boost the tourism numbers of Guam.