- Title: Guam tourists say war is bad but fun in the sun is better
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: TUMON, GUAM (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TOURISTS PLAYING IN OCEAN TWO TOURISTS TAKING SELFIE ON BEACH TOURISTS PLAYING IN OCEAN (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 30 YEAR-OLD ENGINEER AND TOURIST FROM JAPAN, ASAKURA HIKARU, SAYING: "It's annoying. That's probably not good. It would be bad if it came to war." TOURIST BUSES AND TRAFFIC DRIVING THROUGH SHOPPING DISTRICT TOURIST BUS PULLING UP TO BUS STOP/TOURISTS WAITING TOURISTS WALKING BY LOUIS VUITTON SHOP TOURISTS WALKING BY PINK CONVERTIBLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 36 YEAR-OLD HOUSEWIFE AND TOURIST FROM SOUTH KOREA, MIYKUNG KIM, SAYING: "We didn't watch any TV show in Guam so we didn't know. But our families in Korea called us to (let us know)." TAMUNING, GUAM (AUGUST 11, 2017) (REUTERS) TOURISTS WALKING IN FRONT OF EXTERIOR OF ALUPANG BEACH CLUB SIGN ON EXTERIOR OF ALUPANG BEACH CLUB ADVERTISING PARASAILING AND JET SKIING TOURISTS LINING UP AT BEACH CLUB ALUPANG BEACH CLUB EMPLOYEE STANDING NEXT TO INFLATABLE BOAT IN OCEAN AND YELLING (English): "LET'S GO LET'S GO!" TOURISTS IN SAFETY GEAR RUNNING OVER TOURISTS IN SAFETY GEAR POSING FOR PHOTO IN INFLATABLE TOURISTS PLAYING ON BEACH SIDE PRESIDENT OF ALUPANG BEACH CLUB, STEVEN A. KASPERBAUER, CHATTING WITH TOURISTS TOURISTS IN BOAT SPEEDING BY (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF ALUPANG BEACH CLUB, STEVEN A. KASPERBAUER, SAYING: "Business has been pretty much just as usual. I think (in) this area of the world our tourists are coming from Asia. That's Japan, Taiwan and Korea. And I think there's two rings of fire. One is the natural and one is the political. So I think they're pretty used to this and we haven't seen any drop in our business as of this week. But there may be some cancellations in the future, especially with, maybe, groups or company trips." TUMON, GUAM (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) TOURISTS PLAYING ON BEACH TOURISTS WALKING BY INFLATABLES IN OCEAN TUMON, GUAM (AUGUST 11, 2017) (REUTERS) PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GUAM VISITORS BUREAU, JON NATHAN DENIGHT, SPEAKING PLAQUE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GUAM VISITORS BUREAU, JON NATHAN DENIGHT, SAYING: "Yeah so there hasn't been any noticeable effects, you know, cancellations, in the short term. Obviously, we're monitoring the situation and offices overseas have been getting some inquiries but you know, we're reassuring everyone that Guam is safe, there's been no rise in our threat level, and while everyone's concerned with all the negative headlines, you know, the actual situation in Guam is very safe." TAMUNING, GUAM (AUGUST 11, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TOURISTS PLAYING IN OCEAN AT SUNSET
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 05:51
- Keywords: Guam residents Guam tourists Japanese tourists North Korean missiles threat anxious worried
- Location: TUMON / TAMUNING, GUAM
- City: TUMON / TAMUNING, GUAM
- Country: Guam
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TUP0EF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tourism in Guam remains unshaken in recent days despite ongoing missile threats from North Korea.
Pyongyang's state-run KCNA news agency said on Thursday (August 10) its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam.
Nevertheless, beaches and shopping malls across the small island were packed as of Friday (August 11) and Saturday (August 12).
If anything, the recent news is "annoying" to Asakura Hikaru, who is touring Guam with his wife.
"It would be bad if it came to war," Hikaru said.
Mikyung Ki, from South Korea, sad she isn't worried, as she hasn't been watching the news since she arrived six days ago.
Local tour companies also say that they haven't taken any hits either, although Steven A. Kasperbauer, owner of the Alupang Beach Club, said that he expects a few cancellations.
"I think they're pretty used to this and we haven't seen any drop in our business as of this week," he said on behalf of his customers, most of whom are from South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
According to the Guam Visitors Bureau, Guam's official tourism agency, the island has experienced "record highs" for increasing tourist numbers in recent years.
Jon Nathan Denight, president and CEO of the Visitor's Bureau, said that there have been no cancellations in the short term but they're making efforts to reassure everyone that "Guam is safe".
While Guam governor Eddie Calvo has shrugged off Pyongyang's missile warning and said there was no heightened threat, the government issued a preparedness fact sheet on Friday.
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