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6,000 visitors stranded on Guam; flights expected to resume Tuesday

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association (GHRA) are working in tandem for visitor industry response efforts as the island works to recover from Typhoon Mawar.

GVB and GHRA are developing a visitor support program to assist stranded visitors impacted by the typhoon including meal vouchers, airport transportation and future optional tours. Based on data from GVB’s research department, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors are stranded on the island, not including military. Of that amount, over 3,200 are Korean visitors.

As a result of this, GVB and the Korean Consulate’s Office have formed a partnership to support the transportation of visitors who need immediate medical services. The consulate’s office has identified volunteers in the local Korean community that can assist visitors with translation and support for medical inquiries.

Additionally, the GVB Visitor Concierge Program has been assisting visitors impacted by the storm. The main hotline for visitors that speak Korean, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese is (671) 588-3030.

The Guam Medical Association has also provided a listing of clinics that help with urgent healthcare needs of tourists at the request of GVB management.

The following clinics include:

American Medical Clinic – (671) 647-8262

Seventh Day Adventist Clinic (671) 646-8881

Guam Medical Care (671) 647-4174

Guam Radiology Center (671) 649-1001

Dr. Shieh’s Clinic & Associates (671) 648-2229

One Love Pediatrics – (671) 588-1588

MPG Pediatrics - (671) 648-5437

Lombard Medical - (671) 989-4747

The Neurology Clinic - (671) 646-6463

FHP Medical Clinic (671) 646-5825

The A. B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) at 9 a.m. today after completing the final inspection of the airfield and navigational aids, and opening runway 6L/24R for operations.

GIAA is open for humanitarian and essential cargo operations only and prior permission for landing is required. GIAA received the first cargo flights coming in this morning from Saipan, Rota, Kwajalein, and Yap transporting military relief personnel, equipment, and essential cargo.

GIAA anticipates the first relief flights will follow tomorrow, transporting FEMA and critical federal response personnel coming to aid in the island’s recovery from Typhoon Mawar. For these initial relief flights, GIAA is working with the US Customs and Border Protection and Guam Customs and Quarantine for humanitarian personnel clearance.

The airport previously announced the anticipated resumption of commercial passenger services on Tuesday, May 30, which is aligned with the NOTAM issued. GIAA will be meeting with airlines on the plan of execution.

GIAA continues its recovery efforts to resume inbound and outbound passenger processing, and testing of all GIAA and federal regulatory technical systems and equipment required for safe and secure passenger processing is ongoing to ensure conformance with regulatory and security requirements.


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