Tourism numbers picking up, says GVB
Guam - Visitor numbers are up, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau. GVB Deputy General Manager Ernie Galito says for the first 23 days in June, they've seen a 70% increase from visitors traveling from Korea and another 50% increase from those in Japan, with another 50% for visitors coming from Taiwan. He says numbers are expected to increase throughout the next couple of months.
"Last year it was so terrible because of the H1N1 [Virus]," Galito said. "We had an impact or up tick as far as numbers are concerned, even compared to 2008 and we're pleased about that mainly because H1N1 isn't as serious as everyone thought. It was, but also there's a slow consumer confidence as far as from Korea as well as Taiwan."
Galito says over a hundred charter flights are expected to arrive on Guam. He says they're working with the airport and Guam Customs to ensure tourists are getting through the gates smoothly.