Board votes in Gutierrez and Perez at GVB, wants Hawaiian bubble and travel stamps 
At a July 9 Guam Visitors Bureau board of directors meeting, the board unanimously voted to permanently install Interim President and CEO Carl T.C. Gutierrez and Vice President Gerald S.A. Perez.

“I look forward to doing this for the people of Guam,” said Gutierrez. “This is our own lifeline; 65% of the economy is tourism. Gerry and I – the two of us, together with his great background and myself, we know how to get things done. I’m very, very happy and proud you have selected me.”

GVB continued to discuss the strategies being utilized to support the ongoing preparations to reopen for tourism.

The organization has been working closely with the governor on the possibility of a “safe bubble” travel arrangement with Hawaii. The discussion was also brought up with GVB’s Japan office and AVIAREPS Japan Ltd., a public relations firm which is contracted for tourism destination marketing representation services.

The optics are important in GVB’s three core markets, which includes Japanese tourists viewing Hawaii and Japan as safe destinations, said Perez.

 In the vice president’s report to the board, Perez said members and stakeholders are encouraged to implement relevant protocols and apply for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Safe Travels Stamp.”

“Instead of applying as a destination, we are applying as individual businesses. Collectively, the impact is the same,” said Perez.

The stamp is free to use; more information can be found at https://wttc.org/COVID-19/Safe-Travels-Stamp-and-Assets.

Industry members and some GVB board members have also been invited to participate in an event on July 23, hosted by United Airlines and the Guam International Airport Authority, to experience the departure and arrival process between the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam and United airplanes.

Additionally, a webinar is tentatively scheduled for some time in August to discuss topics such as the plan to reopen tourism and educate businesses on the WTTC.

 

Guam COVID numbers creep up
With the two positive cases of July 9, to date there have been a total of 309 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths, 202 released from isolation, and 102 active cases. Of those cases, 263 are classified as civilians and 46 are military service members. 

 

Bridge contract for BOS on the way
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific announced its intent to award the sole source and sixth bridge contract for the continuation of Bases Operations Support on Guam, which will continue the relationship with DZSP 21 LLC. The deadline for the sole source is July 9.

As reported by the Journal, the first three months of the bridge contract will begin Sept. 1 and end Nov. 30. The second three-month option period will begin Dec. 1 and end Feb. 28, 2021 if a second three-month option is exercised. (See “At your bidding,” in the July 6 issue of the Journal, also available on www.mbjguam.com.)

The current bridge contract for DZSP 21 was awarded for $60.18 million.

Giving an indication that speculation on annexes or set-asides was well-informed – to include those for small businesses, the Navy said in its notice, “The following services/requirements will be removed during the option period: Material management, [Andersen Air Force Base]; [Special Risk Material], AAFB; [Base Support Vehicles and Equipment], AAFB; and environmental services.”

 

Wharf award due in August
The first of several wharf awards – to Lima Wharf at Naval Base Guam – has bids due Aug. 31, with a site visit scheduled for July 22. Work – which will include work on a water treatment system, utilities, dredging and lighting – is estimated to take 1,030 calendar days.

According to Journal files, other future wharf work at Naval Base Guam will include improvements to X-ray Wharf and the Alpha and Bravo extension.

 

MACC task order award pending
Also in line for award is a task order under the “Small Business” MACC or multiple award construction contract for the oil and gas pipeline hardening at Tiyan in Guam. According to Journal sources, there have been “dozens” of task orders through this design-build MACC, which NavFac Pacific awarded to five Guam companies in July 2018, according to Journal files.

Proposals were due at NavFac Pacific June 15, after the original date was pushed back.

They are Fargo Pacific Inc., Modern International Inc., Pacific Rim Constructors, Reliable Builders Inc. and Serrano Construction and Development Corp. The five-year MACC was estimated at the time at $240 million.

The initial task order of $4.4 million when the award was announced went to Fargo Pacific Inc. to repair and modernize the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Camp Covington on Naval Base Guam.

 

Another MilCon contract goes to second JV
A joint venture – MNDPI Pacific JV – has been awarded the second $99 million contract from Naval Facilities Engineering Pacific in Hawaii within a week.

MNDPI Pacific was awarded the five year contract July 9 Chamorro standard time for architectural and engineering services for “various structural, waterfront and other projects” at Navy, Marines Corps, Air Force and other federal government facilities to include the Mariana Islands (70%), and Japan, Australia and Hawaii (10% each).

As the Journal reported on July 7, the previous $99 million contract went to  Jacobs/B&M JV of Pasadena, Calif., which was awarded a $99 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineer contract for architect-engineer services – also for various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Pacific area of operations. Locations include Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands (75%); Australia (15%); Hawaii (5%); and Diego Garcia (5%).

 

Public hearing on election bills coming up
A public hearing the morning of July 14 will focus on two bills related to the Aug. 29 primary election in Guam,

Bill 374-35 would cancel the primary for certain offices, and Bill 375-35 would allow all candidates to advance to the Nov. 3 general election. mbj