Guam Records Record Number Of Visitors In Fiscal Year 2016

1.51 million visitors exceeds 1.41 milllion in 1997

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno 

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 11, 2016) – Guam counted 1,510,944 million visitors at the end of fiscal 2016, which ended last month, according to preliminary numbers from the Guam Visitors Bureau.

The arrivals set a new record for the island, surpassing 1997's mark of 1.41 million visitor arrivals, according to the governor's office.

Guam's role as host of the Festival of Pacific Arts in May and June, a double-digit increase in South Korean tourist arrivals and major military exercises Cope North 2016 and Valiant Shield 2016 helped Guam achieve the new arrivals record for the tourism industry last fiscal year.

Guam’s main visitor market, Japan, posted a 3 percent decrease, reducing its share of the total visitor market to about 50 percent, from more than 80 percent of the market a decade ago.

“Tourists come to Guam for many reasons — white sandy beaches, diving, blue skies, warm smiles, great culture,” Gov. Eddie Calvo said in a press release. “Hosting 1.51 million visitors means we have found success in working collaboratively with our public and private partners in tourism.”

Visitor markets that posted increases:

  • South Korea: 519,430, up 35.2 percent
  • U.S. mainland: 62,479, up 11.3 percent
  • China: 26,271, up 11.4 percent
  • Hawaii: 14,248, up 4.5 percent
  • Northern Marianas: 17,390, up 26%
  • Philippines: 18,704, up 52 percent
  • Hong Kong: 8,397, up 3 percent
  • Palau: 5,028, up 46 percent
  • Federated States of Micronesia, 11,027, up 16.7 percent
  • Europe: 2,010, up 19 percent
  • Marshall Islands: 1,146, up 31 percent
  • Thailand: 463, up 0.9 percent
  • Vietnam: 183, up 10 percent
  • Other/Unknown: 5,484, up 31.4 percent

Visitor markets that posted decreases:

  • Japan: 752,757, down 3.4 percent
  • Taiwan: 41,534, down 1.8 percent
  • Australia: 2,258, down 24 percent
  • Russia: 2,488, down 29.7 percent

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