Korea arrivals nearly surpass Japan in market share

ADELUP, Guam — Guam’s long-time primary visitor market of Japan was nearly surpassed in January arrival numbers by the Korean market. Japan comprised 42% of the overall visitor market in January with 57,037 visitors, while Korea comprised 41% with 56,341 visitors.

Visitors from Japan have been the primary tourist market for Guam since the Pan American World Airways jet brought 109 Japanese tourists to Guam in 1967.

“We continue to have challenges from Japan with the dollar/yen exchange rate and the tremendous decline in airlift/seat capacity from Japan to Guam,” Ana Cid, director of tourism . . .

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