by Krystal Paco
Guam - Boosting tourism, optimizing the business model for small and emerging airports, and enhancing passenger experience are just some of the topics of discussion during this week's Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Seminar.
Martin Moodie, the founder and chairman of The Moodie Report, the world's leading information source on airport commercial revenues moderated discussion on tourism today. Moodie expressed concern for the island's dependence on the Japan market, saying, "That reliance is clearly a danger if the yen softens or something goes bad."
In response, GVB marketing manager Pilar Laguana says the island's once 100% dependence on Japan visitors has since shifted thanks to efforts to diversify the markets. To date, Japan represents less than 70% of visitors with the Korean and Russian markets growing quickly, especially with the anticipated flight services from Russia.