GUAM GOVERNOR TO LOBBY D.C. FOR TOURISM

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By Steve Limtiaco

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Sept. 4) - Gov. Felix Camacho
will be off island for a week, meeting with representatives from the Bush
administration, attending an investment conference for U.S. islands and lobbying
the U.S. Department of Commerce for federal assistance for tourism marketing.

He is scheduled to leave Sunday and return Sept. 12.

On the first leg of the governor's trip, in New York, he will
meet with Commerce Secretary Don Evans and the Travel and Tourism Board of the
U.S. Department of Commerce.

"I will be there to represent our region -- both Guam and
the Northern Marianas -- in our pitch to get a portion of ($50 million) for
marketing efforts for tourism," Camacho said.

Camacho will be in Saipan today to sign a joint resolution which
he will present during his meeting with commerce officials.

Camacho said he also plans to raise other issues, including visa
waivers to allow Guam to expand its tourism industry to mainland China.

Camacho is scheduled to spend most of his time at the Department
of Interior's Investment Development Conference, in Washington, D.C., from Sept.
8 to Sept. 10.

Camacho said about 200 potential U.S. investors will meet with
representatives from the U.S. insular areas to discuss investment possibilities.

The governor said special tax benefits, grant programs, and
flexibility in wages and immigration policies likely will be discussed during
the investment conference.

The governor will cap off his trip by meeting with the
president's Interagency Group on Insular Affairs on Sept. 10, to whom he will
present five critical issues the island needs resolved, mostly related to
typhoon recovery, flood insurance and funding for projects listed in the
governor's economic development strategy.

Camacho has left Guam on official business nine times since
taking office in January, at a cost of about $16,300 for the governor and the
first lady, according to the governor's office. The money comes from the budget
of the governor's office.

That does not include the travel expenses of any other
government officials who went on those trips. Those expenses are paid by their
respective agencies.

The governor said travel by his administration has been
conservative, compared to past administrations.

September 4, 2003

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