Celebrate shopping on Guam!

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Celebrate shopping on Guam!

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: November 29, 2013

Editor's note

Shop Guam Festival, touted as the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific, kicks off Nov. 29 on Black Friday and runs through Jan. 5.

Shop Guam features an array of retail, dining and entertainment discounts packed into 38 days of in-store events, culinary celebrations and cultural activities designed to coax shoppers – from near and far – to take full advantage of Guam’s tax-free shops, restaurants and attractions.

Currently there are 168 exclusive offers in the Shop Guam Festival guides and GVB (Guam Visitors Bureau) is working to add even more before the festival begins,” said Pilar Laguaña, the bureau’s  marketing manager. She added that many participating businesses can be identified by their outdoor displays, banners or window decals.

Details on events, participating vendors and discount coupons are available – in six different languages – in a free 80-page guide brochure and smartphone app. The guide also contains information on Guam’s history and cultural attractions. Shoppers can pick up the English-language brochure at the Guam Visitors Bureau. Other language editions are at participating local hotels and travel agencies. Shoppers can also download the app via QR code with their smartphones from the printed brochure and outdoor advertising.

Available discounts range from 30 percent off on two or more items at GAP and a free gift when purchasing two or more pairs of shoes at Skechers to 10 percent off a meal at Sea Grill and a free crepe with lunch or dinner at King’s Restaurant. Similarly, coupons redeemable with tour package providers range from 20 percent off scuba diving or dolphin watching with Shotguns Guam to a free lunch while golfing at Windward Hills Country Club.

Retailers and tour providers will also be hosting special events and activities, such as fashion shows, fireworks and dance exhibits all over the island during the festival. One of the highlights of this year’s Shop Guam is the first-ever Shop Guam Taste Guam event slated for Dec. 1 at Pleasure Island in Tumon.

“Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this free event with lots of food, music and things to see, fashion shows and dance performances,” Laguaña said. “It’s a great way to kick off the season for shopping and learn of great deals.”

Taking a tip from similar festivals in Hong Kong, Dubai and Thailand, Guam Visitors Bureau initiated the first Shop Guam Festival last year, more than 300,000 visitors that spent an average of $1,100 each, according bureau data.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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