The Guam Visitors Bureau has issued a public apology to Speaker Tina Muna Barnes for "both the tone and substance of our letter which raised concerns of Bill 152."

In that letter GVB President Pilar Laguana opposed the use of $1.5 million from the Tourist Attraction Fund to pay for a revamped Guam Film Commission.

The letter also criticized the Speaker for "not giving GVB the respect or courtesy of discussing the measure." Barnes removed the funding section from her bill, but later sent a strongly-worded reply to GVB saying it had ample opportunity to discuss and comment on the measure, but "didn't bother" to do so.

In its statement issued today, GVB noted that Barnes was the former tourism chairwoman, and "has the institutional knowledge, understanding and passion to fight for what GVB needs to move forward."