The villages of Humåtak and Yona will start the Guam Island Fiesta tour today. The Guam Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Guam Council of Mayors, expressed excitement for the visit’s return.
“We are proud to relaunch the GIFT program to provide an immersive, user-friendly experience that brings our residents and visitors together,” said Gerry Perez, Interim President and CEO of GVB.
The village of Yona will celebrate its patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, while the people of Humåtak will celebrate their patron saint, San Dionisio el Areopagita.
The feast is a means of introducing visitors to the homes of local families within the various village festivals. The GIFT program started more than 10 years ago.
“It was a local approach that allowed visitors to experience the CHamoru culture on an intimate level while giving local families the opportunity to teach them more about Guam,” GVB said in a statement.
Perez expressed his gratitude to the mayors of the villages and the GVB partnership as tourism begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We present our Chamoru history and culture through traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation,” Perez said.
GVB contacted Japan Guam Travel Association, Korea Guam Travel Association, hotels and local tour operators to invite and bring visitors to the respective villages on the day of the event.
The office will continue to work with the Council of Mayors to schedule GIFT dates with key village festivals in 2023.