In tourism history, December identified the best month

 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 


In the history of tourism, Guam creates new record, identifying December as the best month and last year as the best calendar year the island has ever witnessed.


December greeted around 146,104 visitor arrivals on Guam, as per the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, recognizing it as the best month in history of tourism.


This is a 3.7 percent rise in comparison to December 2017, and exceeded a previous tourism record set in August 2018 of 145,817 visitor arrivals.


Of all these record number of arrivals, Japan arrivals reached 42 percent of the market and Korea reached 44 percent.


Guam greeted a total of 1.55 million visitors in last year, creating a new record for the best calendar year in the tourism history of the island.


Of these record arrivals in calendar 2018, from Korea 48 percent visited and 36 percent visited from Japan, maintaining Korea as the leading tourist market on Guam.


400,610 visitor arrivals were experienced in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, a 6.3 percent rise compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.


“We congratulate everyone in the tourism industry for pushing through 2018 with fantastic results and welcoming 1.55 million visitors to our island paradise,” said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. “We have much to look forward to in this new year as we grow and diversify in our source markets, share our CHamoru culture and work to welcome 1.6 million visitors in 2019.”


Guam Visitor’s Bureau statistics shows that Japan market carries on with its recovery.
Visitor arrivals from Japan increased by 26 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, in comparison to the same time in fiscal year 2018.


December alone experienced a 27.2 percent rise, in comparison to December 2017, in arrivals from Japan.


This is a rising trend: From Japan, November visitor arrivals increased by 25.7 percent compared to November 2017, and October visitor arrivals increased by 24.7 percent in comparison to October 2017.


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