BY RIANNE PEREDO
Gerald S.A. Perez, vice president of the Guam Visitors Bureau presented a report during a June 25 meeting to board members which included objectives to reengage the Taiwan market. The July 1 targeted reopening date for tourism has been delayed until further notice by the governor, although mid-July has also been in discussion.
Perez’s aims included the establishment of a “safe bubble” travel arrangement between Taiwan and Guam, as well as the reopening the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office on Guam in July this year.
“GVB does not determine their opening. The issue is whether they’re going to open their Taiwan office or not. As far as I know, they’re planning to,” Perez told the Journal.
GVB categorizes Guam’s core markets as Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
However, Perez said he does not have further details about who will be the diplomat in charge of the office if it is reinstated.
The office existed until its closure in 2017; the Taiwanese Business Association of Guam is currently the representative for the local Taiwanese community.
“They haven’t told us anything about it,” said Anna W. Kao, president of the Taiwanese Business Association of Guam.
One of the association’s goals is to establish international business ties and increase the number of visitors from Taiwan. There were 28,216 arrivals from Taiwan in 2019, according to Journal files.
Within the Pacific region, Palau has the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). mbj