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Guam Becomes the 9th Member of SPCA

By ,   August 25, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

Guam joined the SPCA (South Pacific Cruise Alliance), becoming its 9th member - together with American Samoa USA, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Fiji, Pitcairn UK, Tonga, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna.

David Vaeafe, from American Samoa, president and chairman of SPCA, said in a statement that the location of Guam in the northern Pacific and its proximity to Asia made it an ideal cruising destination from eastern markets as well as "a potential homeport for cruising around Micronesia."

Vaeafe added that SPCA welcomed "the opportunity to share information, best practices and experiences to help the destination develop its cruising sector."

For 2020, a total of 723 cruise ships are scheduled to visit SPCA ports and destinations.

Port of Guam Island (Apra Harbor, Marianas)

Guam's Governor Lou Leon Guerrero recently signed an executive order to establish a working group in order to determine a strategy in implementing the small-ship cruising industry of the territory.

According to the executive order, the tourism industry of Guam can benefit greatly from cruises. The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures had recommended that Micronesian governments look into establishing a regional cruise travel industry via the adoption of a number of resolutions over the next years.