More than 1.37 million tourists visited Guam during the first 11 months of this fiscal year, a 10-percent increase from the same period a year ago, according to preliminary Guam Visitors Bureau statistics.

And in August, tourist arrivals posted the highest monthly total for Guam’s tourism industry, with more than 144,600 visitors.


The previous single-month record of 142,332 was recorded in February this year, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Guam’s largest market, Japan, reversed months of decline in tourist arrivals with a 7.7 increase compared with the same month the previous year.

GVB’s new signature event, the Guam Summer Beach Fest, contributed to the growth in arrivals, as well as charter flights out of Narita and Nagoya from China Airlines and Uzbekiztan Airways, according to the governor’s office.

Guam Visitors Bureau also marked a milestone as visitor arrivals from South Korea peaked at 46,909, and arrivals from the Philippines also produced a 71 percent increase when compared to the August arrivals 2015.

Guam’s second-largest market, South Korea, showed a 9.8-percent increase in August compared to the same month last year.

However, arrivals from the China market posted a 37-percent dip, Hong Kong a 14-percent slide, and Taiwan, an 11-percent decrease. [/restrict]