GVB will host the first commercial tour in Japan since 2019 | Silver

About 50 travel agents, media representatives and others are expected to come to the island as the Guam Visitors Bureau holds its first business familiarization tour from Japan since 2019.

The tour, conducted with United Airlines and the Japan Guam Travel Association to support GVB’s market recovery efforts, will run from June 13-16, according to a press release. It is held as part of the GoGo! Guam Campaign, which also celebrates the 55th anniversary of the first direct flight from Japan to Guam on May 1, 1967.

“We are proud to welcome back our travel industry partners from Japan for our upcoming familiarization tour. Their presence is important in our relaunch efforts to increase demand in the Japanese market,” GVB President and CEO Carl TC Gutierrez said in the statement. “We are confident that our visitor group will help us confidently present Destination Guam as a safe, clean and attractive paradise.”

Travel industry representatives will learn about Guam’s attractions, optional tours and activities to better meet Japanese market demand.

A Guam trade show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Participating members include Baldyga Group, Country Club of the Pacific, Docomo Pacific, Dusit Thani Guam Resort, E-Communications LLC, Fish Eye Marine Park, Grand Plaza Hotel, Guam Ocean Park, Guam Premier Outlets, Guam Reef Hotel, Hard Rock Café , Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Hotel Nikko Guam, Hyatt Regency Guam, JGTA, Lam Lam Tours, Leo Palace Resort Guam, Lotte Hotel Guam, Micronesia Mall, Onward Beach Resort, Onward Mangilao Golf Club & Talofofo Golf Club, Pacific Islands Club, Rakuten Travel Guam, Rihga Royal Laguna Guam Resort, Skydive Guam, Spa Ayualam, The Tsubaki Tower, The Westin Resort Guam, Valley of the Latte Adventure Park and Wyndham Garden Guam.

All international visitors must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival, the statement said. Japanese visitors must also show proof of a negative PCR test before returning to Japan.

As restrictions are eased in Japan, the Japanese government is only allowing a limited number of 20,000 foreign tourists into the country through strict package tours from June 10.

As part of stimulus efforts, United Airlines has increased its frequency of daily flights from Narita to Guam to 11 times a week, adding daily Saturday and Sunday flights and two additional morning flights per week. United will reintroduce its Osaka, Japan, service to Guam from July 1 to meet summer travel demand. The flight three times a week is scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Japan Airlines also announced that it would resume Guam service in August. T’way and Jeju Air are expected to restart their Japan-Guam service later this summer.

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