THE biggest hotel and restaurant expo has returned at the Hyatt Regency Guam, where industry representatives came together under one roof to showcase their products and services.
The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association's Pacific Hotel and Restaurant Expo kicked off yesterday and continues its final day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
This year, PHARE has included the “Buy Local” aspect by including a number of vendors selling locally made products as well as the “Why Local?” forum, which will discuss and promote the advantages of buying and supporting local.
The event hosted more than 40 vendors from commercial to simple entrepreneurs. Entertainment was endless as there were performances by local bands and artists. A series of seminars were conducted as well, and continue today.
“This is all part of our Guam brand campaign," Guam Visitors Bureau's Cultural Heritage Officer Sonja Sellers said of the event. “We're trying to be the conduit to connect the community with the industry.”
At the lobby of the Grand Ballroom area, local vendors were set up to showcase what they could offer – from artwork, jewelry, food, home décor, produce, flowers, and even locally-brewed alcoholic drinks.
“We partnered to give them the opportunity to present the goods to the industry and the general public,” Sellers said. “We're trying to build the bridge for the community and our local Made-in-Guam industry with the visitor industry, and today it's just great – people have come through and said they didn't even know this was offered,” she added.
Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes, tourism oversight committee chairperson, yesterday expressed her support for PHARE, highlighting the fact that the island's signature hospitality is the best.
“If there's any more of a special gift that we have, it's the hospitality and respect for those who come and visit the island, so we've been promoting that and let me tell you, GVB, and of course with the Governor's Office, is making a difference to make sure our economic driver here on Guam – which is tourism – is up at the forefront,” she stated.
“We have over 20,000 jobs that are in the tourism industry and it's events like this that I support 100 percent because you bridge the local people and you bridge the hotel and restaurant, and you bridge everything by coming together to show what we have to offer.”
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