Guam tourism and business leaders advocating for a visa waiver for tourists from China and Russia are optimistic about meetings they held in Washington D.C. last week.
Delegates from the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Visitors Bureau, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association, and the governor’s office met with U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security officials to discuss the possibility of a new visa-waiver program for Guam.
“I think if something happens, it may very well be soon,” said Bart Jackson, chairman of the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association in the Guam Pacific Daily News. The tourism industry believes a visa waiver would increase government revenue and business generally on the island.
However concerns have been raised about the risks associated with allowing Chinese and Russians into the island, from national security to local security.