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Maureen N. Maratita

The news in this issue covers travel and tourism, new businesses and more. If there’s an issue — whether it’s the supply chain, or the rise in the cost of living — if we don’t have a story on it, then somebody is commenting on how it affects their business.

And the pandemic’s progress is part of our coverage too. …

 

COVID-19 is still with us, and still affecting our business environment as we wonder whether visitors will travel on our new flights, or what will happen with those new flights in the coming months, and how the mix of our visitors will develop.

While tourism begins to return to the islands, I hear the concern from fellow executives for our employees — all of them are on what has become a continuing front line against the ongoing presence of this pandemic. …

 

I have several doctors in my family. I would joke with my uncle — the liver specialist, that given my fondness for a premium Scotch whisky or a glass of fine wine, his specialty might one day come in useful to me. (Not yet.)

My brother is a consultant and specialist in infectious diseases. On a visit to Guam years ago he took the time to lecture to health care professionals about Aids — then the focus of his specialty.

These days, the field of infectious diseases encompasses COVID-19.

I asked my brother at some point when positive spikes began again whether he thought there was still necessity for masks. …

 

(If you ask a doctor (or an attorney) for advice, you get the answer you deserve, if not the answer you are hoping for.)

“It depends on your appetite for risk,” my brother said. “And how seriously you are prepared to take COVID-19.” Which I suppose is why in Guam on any given day — or at any event — you can see cloth masks, N95 masks, and no masks. …

 

You can also still see masks under chins, dangling from lanyards and on wrists as people grapple with the etiquette of whether a mask is required. Depending on where you are reading this, you may be surprised that any of us are still wearing masks, or appalled that we are not. …

 

I can hardly believe how many events we have on our event calendar. And the Guam business community has apparently decided its time to tango again. (There’s a reason the other islands call Guam “the party island,” and we might be getting our reputation back.)

Recent big parties in Guam sold out — for instance the Pink Ball, and the Make-a-Wish gala — and the Guam Chamber’s upcoming gala sold out ages ago. …

 

Judging by the photos I saw — some of you went to all the events, some of you went to some of the events, and some of you (maybe) went to none of them. …

But if you are having a ribbon-cutting, a forum, (political or otherwise since we’re in election season), a golf tournament — whatever it is, feel free to let us know.

The community events calendar is already stretching into next year. …

 

— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.