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High school junior Cameka Joy Chen gives a synopsis of a forum on tourism presented by three community leaders at the Tiyan High School in Barrigada on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Rick Cruz/PDN

Buenas yan håfa adai! Here at the Guam Visitors Bureau, we are still in celebratory mode after wrapping up another unforgettable #Guamazing New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show celebration on the beach. We hope you were able to join us with your family.

This event would not have been possible without tourism dollars and the support of our event sponsors — Matson Navigation Inc., Pacific Islands Club, T Galleria by DFS, Hilton Resort & Spa, Cabras Marine Corporation and United Airlines. I would also like to thank the Guam Police Department, visitor safety officers, the Guam Fire Department, Department of Agriculture and Department of Parks and Recreation for making sure we had a safe and successful event.

It has been almost a year since we began this weekly Tourism Works column. GVB started this endeavor to share insights from our research, give updates about the tourism industry and to inform residents about the exciting things that the bureau is doing, on and off island, to celebrate Guam as a unique destination.

We continue to believe that our residents’ engagement with tourism – through continued learning, participation in conversation and enjoyment of the benefits of tourism – is critical in keeping tourism working for the entire community. We thank PDN for this opportunity and the channel to connect with the people we serve.

Since the column started, a lot of people have come up to me to share great ideas about how we can improve our tourism industry. I really appreciate the feedback from the community, and welcome your suggestions for 2018 topics. You can send me an email at [email protected].

Our entire GVB familia wishes you and yours a prosperous and healthy 2018. We will be working smarter this year on innovative ways to attract more visitors to our island so that tourism can continue to work for Guam. Thank you for your continued support.

We welcome everyone to join us throughout 2018 for the events we have planned and to enjoy the beauty, culture and art that our island offers.

One event not to be missed is the current exhibit at the Guam Museum – “Paul Jacoulet: Vision of Micronesia & Asia.” This is probably one of the most beautiful and world-class exhibits I’ve seen. Its historic tie-in to Guam and Micronesia makes it even more extraordinary.

You can learn about the artist and the exhibit through the museum’s website, guammuseum.org, or simply stop in before the exhibit ends on Jan. 7 during museum hours — Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is only $3 for adults, $1 for students, and free for manåmko’ and children under the age of six.

If you see me there, please be sure to say håfa adai and let me know how tourism is working for you and your family. Until next week, adios!

Nathan Denight is president and CEO of the Guam Visitors Bureau. Email him at [email protected].

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