Tourism numbers for Korea and China continued to increase in April, surpassing the numbers recorded for the previous year. More so, the arrival numbers for both of these visitor markets are helping to boost overall year to date arrivals for 2015.Guam’s second largest market of Korea generated a sizable increase in arrivals for April, rising 20.1% over last year’s numbers. Growth and diversification are also noticeable in other visitor markets as well. Arrivals from the People’s Republic of China increased by 58.3%, while arrivals from the Philippines rose by 3.7%. Additionally, markets that showed growth include the U.S. mainland by 14.5%, Canada by 21.9%, and Vietnam by 20%. Armed Forces Sea Arrivals also increased by 260.3% when compared to the previous year.
The Preliminary Month-to-Date arrivals report for April 2015 shows Guam welcomed 96,256 visitors, which is a slight decrease when compared to April 2014. However, thanks to the record-breaking arrival numbers seen during the first three months of the year, Calendar Year-to-Date arrivals for 2015 are up by 1.9% to 473,171 visitors. Fiscal Year-to-Date arrivals have also grown to 803,115 visitors, which is nearly 11,000 more or 1.4% higher when compared to FY2014.