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By Gerardo R. Partido

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Sept. 19) – A high-powered delegation from Guam has just returned from Japan to help consolidate the island’s relationship with its airline and travel agency partners.

According to the Guam Visitors Bureau, meetings were held with Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Japan Travel Bureau, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Tourist Association and Japan Airlines.

The delegation was led by Sen. Tony Unpingco, the head of the Legislature’s tourism committee, as well as GVB general manager Gerry Perez, GVB chairman David Tydingco, Guam International Airport Authority vice chairman Joseph Perez, and GIAA management consultant Fred Tupaz.

During the meetings, Guam’s promotional plan for fiscal year 2007 was presented and issues such as ticket pricing, increased seat capacity and load factor, desired visitor mix, destination yield, and Guam’s destination development plans were discussed.

The group also expressed gratitude for the financial support given by KNT and JTB/PMT for the television commercials that are being aired this month in Japan.

According to GVB general manager Gerry Perez, Guam needs to stay focused on its strategic game plan and not "whip lash" direction every time there is negative news such as regional disasters or security threats.

"What we learned in Japan recently is an example of staying the course and communicating its essence to our travel partners there," he said.

GVB chairman David Tydingco said Northwest Airlines’ new flight to Guam starting this October will add up to 320,000 seats for the island annually.

Beginning Oct. 28, Northwest will offer a second daily flight between its Pacific hub at Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Guam using Boeing 757 equipment and complementing existing daily Boeing 747 service.

The new second flight allows for same day connections for Northwest customers traveling from its U.S. gateways in Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle to Guam.

According to Northwest, the October schedule change will permit Guam customers to make convenient connections in Osaka to Northwest’s Detroit nonstop flight, opening up dozens of destinations in the U.S. through the airline’s WorldGateway at its Detroit hub.

September 19, 2006

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