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New bus company offering transport service to tourists

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TWENTY new white buses with large blue mermaids adorning their sides began servicing Guam tourists on April 8. The Sirena buses are owned and operated by Japan Bus Lines LLC under contract to H.I.S. Guam Inc.

Seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., the buses service three routes – the Tumon route from Micronesia Mall to Guam Premier Outlets via San Vitores Road; the shopping route to the DFS Galleria, Kmart and GPO; and a DFS and Kmart route.

“We’re offering something new for the tourists,” said Shun Matsumoto, owner of the company. He said his 25-passenger buses are new, more comfortable, and cleaner than many.

Within the next few weeks, the company plans to install flat-screen TVs that will likely offer some advertising and information for the riders, though the content has not yet been finalized. “We’re testing one now,” Matsumoto said. The content will be determined by H.I.S.

The company will also install a voice system to announce upcoming stops and instructions to passengers. “The driver will just concentrate on driving,” Matsumoto said.

Japan Bus Lines services only H.I.S. customers. Tickets for the bus are available at H.I.S. ticket counters in the Guam Reef Hotel, The Plaza and the DFS Galleria.

The company has about 45 employees, Matsumoto said.

Matsumoto is also the sales manager for Western Sales Trading Co. and operates Summary Guam clothing store in The Plaza.

H.I.S. Guam is a part of the H.I.S. Group of companies of Japan. In addition to its tour operations on Guam, it also owns the Guam Reef & Olive Spa Resort which it purchased in June 2012.

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