As the island prepares for a summer season that could lift the tourism industry into a pandemic depression, an event next week can help businesses prepare for what South Korean and Japanese travelers will be looking for in the era. of COVID-19.
The Guam Travel and Tourism Association will host “Get Guam Going” on Tuesday, both as an online webinar and an in-person forum. According to a flyer announcing the event, it aims to answer questions tourism stakeholders may have, such as “What’s happening in our main markets” and “What are our prospects?” »
Attendees will hear from local panelists from the Guam Travel and Tourism Association, Guam Economic Development Authority, AB Won Pat International Airport Authority, and IT&E. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is also scheduled to speak at the forum.
Representatives of Hana Tours and Rakuten Travel, Korea’s largest travel agency and largest online travel agency respectively, will be the keynote speakers at the event, according to organizers.
According to the Guam Visitors Bureau, following the “disaster” in tourist arrivals in 2021, the current fiscal year has seen actual tourists exceed projections per month, including an increase of more than 3,600% in South Korean arrivals comparing April 2021 to April 2022.
GVB, backed by at least $20 million in federal pandemic assistance, hopes investments to transform Governor Joseph Flores Beach Park into a vibrant smart park will help revitalize this part of Tumon, open up 5G opportunities and to attract investment for new tourism developments in Guam. epicenter.
Carriers like United Airlines have also announced an increase in scheduled flights to and from Guam this summer, in hopes that the easing of pandemic travel restrictions across the Asia-Pacific region will encourage more travel during the season. a traditionally booming holiday before the pandemic upended the global industry.
Registration for “Get Guam Going” can be done online at the event website: guamtraveltourism.org, and costs $50 per person. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on June 7, in person at the Hyatt Regency Guam or via Zoom online.
Companies and stakeholders wanting more information can email [email protected]
(Daily shift staff)