Guam’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce says it strongly encourages an initiative to make travel from China and Russia to Guam visa-free.
“The diversification of our tourist market must be carefully and systematically pursued by Guam. Guam is almost enviably positioned to attract tourists from China and Russia, both of which lack the tropical climates and insular landscapes of our region,” says Chamber President George Lai.
Under the existing Guam-CNMI visa-waiver program, travelers from South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nauru and Papua New Guinea are entitled to visa-free entry to Guam for a period of up to 45 days.
“It is my understanding that China currently has estimated there are some 50 million Chinese citizens who can afford to travel to foreign destinations. That number may increase to 100 million by the year 2020. According to the results of the Guam Visitors Bureau’s Chinese visitors exit surveys, Chinese travelers spend approximately $1,200 per day per visitor on an average of a four-day stay. Their spending on Guam can contribute significantly to the increase in annual government revenues by well over $100 million by the year 2020,” says Lai.
“The China-Russia visa-waiver initiative is one of the most realistic and viable options that Guam has to further develop Guam’s economy. More revenues to our island economy, if managed properly, can contribute to enhancing the quality of life for people who call Guam their home,” he says.
Full statement at Guam’s Pacific Daily News