DestinationsGuam dangles tourist debit card incentive which could happen by September.

This island may soon pay tourists US$500 for shopping

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If given the green light, the Guam Visitors Bureau will offer debit cards worth US$2.5 million to the first 2,500 tourists.
If given the green light, the Guam Visitors Bureau will offer debit cards worth US$2.5 million to the first 2,500 tourists. Photo Credit: Visit Guam

Guam could begin doling out US$500 shopping incentives for tourists arriving from September onwards.

According to local reports, the budget set for this tourist debit card incentive programme is pegged at US$2.5 million.

Currently, the plan is to offer these debit cards only to the first 2,500 or 5,000 arriving tourists to the US territory.

Eligible tourists will then be able to use the credits at F&B outlets, taxis, tour operators, retail stores and other related businesses.

Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Vice President Gerry Perez announced at a recent 27 July board meeting however that the delivery of debit cards would require some 45-60 days.

In this time, the GVB board will make a final decision on which specific incentive — to a range of airlines, tour agents, tourists, and other tourism-related businesses — to implement after further reviews.

Shopping on Guam is duty free.

Alternatively, GVB is also considering paying for tourists' US$200 Covid-19 PCR test upon departure back to their home countries due to strong interest in such incentives, said GVB Board Chairman Milton Morinaga in a report by The Guam Daily Post.

In related news, Guam's Air Vaccination and Vacation (Air V&V) programme, which was introduced in June to allow visitors to receive Covid-19 vaccine shots, has met with positive reception from Taiwan.

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