Guam Airliner’s First China Charter Flight Arrives

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Guam Airliner’s First China Charter Flight Arrives GVB expects 872 visitors from four Dynamic Airways flights

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Jan. 30, 2014) – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) welcomed the first of four charter flights operated by Dynamic Airways yesterday afternoon. More than 200 visitors from Beijing were aboard the 767-200 aircraft. At around 4 p.m. the first of the travelers from the airline’s inaugural charter flight to Guam made their way into the arrival area of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport.

In honor of the inaugural charter flight, a GVB welcoming troupe greeted the arriving visitors with leis and a Chamorro welcoming ceremony. The ceremony featured songs and dances performed by 14 Pa’a Taotao Tano’ members.

Pilar Laguana, GVB marketing manager, said the bureau is expecting 872 visitors from the four Dynamic Airways charter flights, which are set to arrive over the next few days. The next three flights will arrive on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb 3.

One of the most important things GVB wants to do is to generate direct flights from various key cities in China to Guam, Laguana said. "If this all goes well, we can look forward to additional charters."

The Chinese New Year is a peak travel time for Chinese citizens, but eventually the bureau hopes to generate more charter flights and business during non-peak periods. GVB’s goal for this fiscal year is to bring in 14,000 visitors from China as part of its overall goal of 2.35 million worldwide visitors for 2014.

According to GVB, more than 1,500 Chinese visitors will be arriving for the Chinese New Year through Feb. 7 on charter flights with Dynamic Airways and United Airlines.

Laguana said the visitors from China are visiting Guam for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations and will also be participating in islandwide tours. Chinese tourists are most known for shopping while on vacation, Laguana added. The bureau expects the visitors to spend a large amount of money in the retail establishments they will encounter. "They’re one of the best shopping travelers around the world," Laguana said.

Last week, CLSA, an independent Asian brokerage and investment group, estimated that by the year 2020, 20 million Chinese residents will be seeking to travel out of the country. The report states that the U.S. and France are the first and second top international travel destinations, respectively, for Chinese tourists.

Forty percent of respondents to the CLSA survey, on which the report is based, indicated they may make their own travel arrangements, such as flight and hotel accommodations.

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