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Ep. 250 “Tourism and the Military Buildup on Guam”
Ep. 250 “Tourism and the Military Buildup on Guam” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Tom Maxedon with assistance from Robert Wang) airs 10/7/16.
According to the Guam Visitors Bureau 2020 Strategic Plan, tourism is Guam’s #1 industry generating $1.4 billion for the economy and 18,000 jobs. This represents 60% of our island’s annual business revenues and over 30% of all non-federal jobs on the island.
In recognition of U.N. World Tourism Day (September 27), this episode examines observed and anticipated impacts of the military buildup on Guam’s vital tourism sector, efforts to ameliorate the negative impacts, and what else must be done. Six thousand US military personnel are currently stationed on the island, but a long-delayed expansion plan as part of President Obama’s Asia-Pacific pivot would involve an additional 5,000 Marines (two-thirds on a rotational basis) and 1,300 dependents beginning in 2022.
Program guest in the first half is Fred R. Schumann, PhD, associate professor of Global Resources Management in the School of Business and Public Administration, University of Guam, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2009. He has been active as a business executive in the Asia Pacific region for over 30 years, working with various multinational retail and hospitality firms. Dr. Schumann’s primary research has been in the field of international tourism, trends in consumer spending and island sustainability. Touchstones for this conversation include a 2010 presentation (with John Peterson) entitled “War Games: Okinawa, Guam, and Heritage Preservation," as part of the Tourism Education Council (TEC) Lecture Series and his 2012 publication of “Tourism and the Military Buildup on Guam: Adapting to Change” (Asia Pacific World, Vol. 3, No. 2).
In the second half, we feature brief commentary from six key stakeholders in the tourism industry: Jon Nathan Denight, general manager, Guam Visitors Bureau; Mary Rhodes, president, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association; Jeff Pleadwell, owner of Jeff's Pirates Cove in Ipan, Talofofo; from the Guam National Wildlife Refuge—-Emily Sablan, park ranger, and Dr. Larisa Ford, project leader for the Mariana Islands Refuges and Monument Complex; and Anthony Ramirez,historian, Guam Department of Parks and Recreation.
These commentaries were recorded with the assistance of Rosanne Perez, a BBA graduate of the University of Guan with a concentration in International Tourism and Hospitality Management and Human Resources Management.
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