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Guam’s visitor arrivals up slightly in February

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CIVILIAN air arrivals were up only 0.7 percent for February this year compared to the same period last year, according to a statistical report released yesterday by the Guam Visitors Bureau.

GVB’s Visitor Arrival Summary for February 2012 reported that arrivals from its largest market, Japan, were up 2.2 percent. February 2012 received 1,839 more Japanese tourists compared to last year.

Meanwhile, the budding Russian market has skyrocketed by 1,127 percent as a result of the Jan. 15 implementation of parole authority for a Russia visa waiver program.

Despite the high percentage increase, the arrival numbers are low. However, GVB remains optimistic with the rising numbers, and continues to develop its marketing strategy.

In February 2011, there were only 11 Russian arrivals. February of this year saw 135 arrivals.

Other increases in arrivals include Korea with 4.9 percent and Taiwan with 10.1 percent.

Arrivals from the U.S. mainland went down by 2.1 percent, and arrivals from the People’s Republic of China also went down, by 78.3 percent.

“This is due to the Chinese New Year holiday falling in the month of February last year,” GVB stated in a summary. “This year’s Chinese New Year was celebrated in January.”

GVB has indicated that the March 2012 preliminary arrival summary will be available next week for distribution.

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