Guam – Where America’s Day Begins The Jewel of Micronesia

Hafa Adai (Hello). Guam Visitors Bureau recently stopped in to San Diego to exhibit its tourism product at the Pacific Island Festival. Attendance was exceptional and the Bureau representatives were very pleased with the response. United Airlines offers air service to Guam via Hawaii and a secondary routing being promoted was via Tokyo using the JAL Dreamline trans-Pacific.

During the weekend Ms Pilar Laguana, Marketing Manager and Chairwoman of the PATA Micronesia Chapter, and Mr Jason Lin, Marketing Officer, in conjunction with the local PATA San Diego Chapter, found time to host a luncheon at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay for the travel agent community. Pilar introduced a PowerPoint presentation highlightig the islands associated with the Micronesian group, but particularly focused on the rich Chamorro culture of Guam.

Pilar presented the PATA San Diego Chapter, represented by Ms Michie Vinje, a Certificate of Appreciation and a specially mounted U.S. mint Guam State Quarter coin which features the outline of Guam paired with an image of the lightning fast Chamorro proa and a latte stone, once used as a foundation for homes.

There are two special events in Guam in 2016. The PATA Annual Summit from 18-21 May will precede the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts being held 22 May to 4 June. 27 countries will participate in this cultural celebration of arts and traditions of the Pacific Islanders. There are many other events throughout the year and these can be viewed at

Special priase from a Guam luncheon participant:
Jill, I just wanted to thank you so much for including me in today’s Guam Tourism Luncheon. I enjoyed it very much and thought it was more than worth the trip from Dana Point. I am really impressed with SAN PATA’s energy and organization from the few events I have attended in the past. Please keep me in mind for future events.
Mia Kim Park, American Express Travel Specialist, Surf City Travel, Dana Point   news-Guam-3

Back row from left: Bev Pamensky, Susan Luebben Maddox, Judy Clarkson, Pilar Laguana, Michie Vinje, George Maddox, Jo Anne Bryan, Lindsey Neale-Rozga, and Anne Schofield
Middle row: Jill Powell, Jason Lin (Guam Visitors Bureau) Saundra Springfield, Sandy Luebben, Barbara Bagnall, Melita & Harry Hein
Front row: Mia Kim Park, Carmen Figueroa, Dick Slaker, and Alyce Dowda