Guam has always been a hotbed of tourist activity and it comes as no surprise that this island hosts a slew of summits heralding the island’s tourist capabilities. May 2016 is about to be carved in the annals of the island’s tourism history— what with the Guam Visitors Bureau hosting back-to-back regional events, including a high-level ministerial debate by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. This May— which has been appropriately proclaimed Tourism Month –the island will be the stage for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) summit and 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FestPac), and see up close as well as participate in the workings of a UN agency debate, which will be moderated by the BBC World News. Tourism is a critical clog of the island’s economy, generating around 60 percent of annual revenues and providing approximately 18,000 jobs.
Guam is making elaborate plans targeting 2020, to achieve the core objectives of increasing tourism sales from 2013 figures of $1.4 billion to $3.4 billion, industry-related jobs from 18,000 to 30,000 and tax revenues from $150 million to $250 million to $425 million in 2020. Hosting the UN WTO and PATA summit is a step in the right direction. Appropriately the PATA team adopted “Exploring the Secrets of the Blue Continent” as a theme, a nod to the vast Pacific Ocean which bridges the islands together. The Festival of Pacific Arts is another event dotting the month of May for tourists.
When in Guam, book your hotel at Wyndham Gardens, a great place for you and your family to enjoy this island paradise.