Guam, the U.S. island in the Pacific, has received over 132,000 visitors in July, breaking a 20-year record.
“Another record in our history books is now broken with July 2017 becoming the best July in our tourism history. We have so much to be proud of in Guam’s number one industry,” Eddie Baza Calvo, the governor of Guam,said in a press release on Thursday.
Guam welcomed 132,952 visitors in July, an 8.1 percent increase compared to the previous year. July 2017 surpassed the top record held in 1997, according to the press release of the Guam Visitors Bureau.
“I commend the over 20,000 men and women in tourism, many of who were recently honored at the 2017 HERO awards by the Guam Visitors Bureau and Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association,” said Calvo.
South Korean visitor arrivals recorded a 25 percent increase, while U.S. mainland visitor arrivals were up 14.9 percent over the last year.
Arrivals from Russia increased by 57 percent and from Europe by 13 percent, among others.
However, Guam’s number one visitor market, Japan, experienced a decline of 5.2 percent in visitor arrivals in July because of airline companies’ lack of seating capacity.