Tourism

1967

• Pan American World Airways lands on Guam with 109 Japanese tourists.

• The Cliff Hotel opens in Hagatna.

• Guam International Airport opens.

1968

• The Fujita Guam Tumon Beach Hotel opens with 20 units in each of its three buildings.

• Continental/Air Micronesia begins flights from Guam to Okinawa, Honolulu and Micronesia.

1969

• Trans World Airlines makes an inaugural flight that lands in Guam and continues to Hong Kong.

1970

• Japan Airlines begins service to Guam.

• The Continental Hotel opens in Tumon.

1971

• The Guam Dai-Ichi Hotel, now the Fiesta Resort Guam opens with 223 rooms in Tumon.

• Duty Free Shoppers Ltd. opens a retail shop in the Guam Dai-Ichi Hotel.

• The world’s largest McDonald’s opens in Tamuning.

1972

• The Guam Hotel Association Inc. is established as a private, nonprofit trade association. A group of local hoteliers filed articles of incorporation with the Department of Revenue and Taxation.

• The Guam Hotel Okura, now the Lotte Hotel Guam opens in Tumon with 223 rooms.

• The Guam Hilton, now the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa opens with 223 rooms.

1973

• The Country Club of the Pacific opens in Talofofo. It is now a P.H.R. Ken Micronesia Inc. property.

• Hafa Adai Lodge opened with 24 rooms in Maite.

1974

• The Guam Hotel Association Inc. is renamed the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. In this way it expands the organization to include restaurants, allied and affiliate members and adds necessary vitality to the organization.

• The ITC Plaza Hotel opens on the top floor of the ITC building in Tamuning.

• The Sotetsu Tropicana Hotel opens in the existing Tumon Sands Plaza in Tumon.

• Air Nauru negotiates landing rights on Guam.

• Freedom Air launches Mariana Islands flights.

• The Guam Reef Hotel, now the Guam Reef & Olive Spa Resort, opens in Tumon.

• LSG Lufthansa Services Guam Inc. opens in Guam.

1975

• KFC Guam opens on the island.

• King’s Restaurant opens in Guam. The restaurant is now part of the GFS group, which includes Ruby Tuesday and Chuck E. Cheese’s.

1978

• Agana Shopping Center opens.

1980

• Braniff International starts service to Guam.

• Pacific Islands Club opens in Tumon with bungalows and resort activities. A 32-story tower is added in 1991 and a 27-story tower built in 1999, making it the largest hotel in Guam, with 794 rooms.

1981

• Northwest Orient Airlines begins service from Guam to Narita, Japan.

• Japan Airlines begins Guam flights.

1982

• All Nippon Airways begins charter service to Guam from Japan.

• Cocos Island Resort opens off the southern coast of Guam, offering aqua sports and other activities.

• South Pacific Island Airways begins Guam Honolulu flights.

1983

• The Guam Plaza Hotel opens in Tumon with 508 rooms.

1985

• Tony Roma’s opens in Guam.

• Duty Free Shoppers Ltd. opens a 25-000 square foot store on Chalan San Antonio in Tamuning. The chain is now known as DFS Guam, which does business as T Galleria.

1986

• Windward Hills Country Club opens in Yona.

1987

• Pacific Star Hotel opens in Tumon, with 436 rooms.

• The Hotel Sunroute Oceanview, now known as Oceanview Hotel & Residences, opens in Tumon, with  191 rooms.

1988

• Atlantis Guam, a subsidiary of Baba Corp., begins operating a 46-passenger submarine.

1989

• Korean Air begins service to Guam.

• Air Niugini begins service to Guam.

• Air Mike Express begins service to the Northern Mariana Islands.

• Inn on the Bay opens in Agat, with 70 rooms.

• The first Subway restaurant opens in Yigo.

1990

• Holiday Plaza opens in Tumon, with 129 rooms.

• SandCastle opens in Tumon.

1991

• Philippine Airlines begins service to Guam.

• Thai Airways begins service to Guam.

• Japan Asia Airways begins service to Guam via Saipan.

• Capricciosa opens in Guam.

• Palace Hotel Guam, now the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, opens in Tamuning, with 403 rooms.

1992

• Guam PIA Marine Hotel Condominiums open in Tamuning with 202 rooms.

• Hatsuho International country Club, now STARTS Guam Golf Resort Inc., opens with 27 holes and the 62 rooms Hatsuho Green Park Hotel.

• The Onward Agana Beach Hotel opens with 285 rooms.

• The Talofofo Golf Resort opens.

• GHRA revises its bylaws and mission statement.

• Hotel Nikko Guam opens in Tumon, with 500 rooms.

• The Tumon Bay Capital Hotel opens, with 62 rooms.

1993

• Alupang Beach Tower opens with 138 luxury condominiums.

• Leo Palace Resort opens in Manenggon Hills, with 345 rooms.

• Hyatt Regency Guam opens in Tumon, with 138 rooms.

1994

• The 18-hole Guam International Country Club opens in Dededo.

• Jamaican Grill opens in Chamorro Village in Hagatna.

1995

• Asiana Airlines begins service to Guam.

• Lone Star Steakhouse Guam opens in Tamuning.

1996

• The Westin Resort Guam opens in Tumon, with 420 rooms.

• The Parc Hotel, now Holiday Resort & Spa Guam opens in Tumon with 252 rooms.

• Guam Airport Hotel opens in Tamuning, with 51 rooms.

• The University of Guam International Tourism program is created.

• Target Golf opens in Tamuning.

1997

• The Grand Plaza Hotel holds a grand re-opening, after it was demolished in the 1993 earthquake, with 124 rooms.

• Ladera Tower opens in Mangilao with 218 suites.

• Public Law 23-136 is introduced requiring tour operators to be certified via classes at Guam Community College. The law is signed Oct. 24.

• Guam Premier Outlets opens in Tamuning.

• Acanta Mall opens in Tumon.

1998

• Sherwood Resort Guam now the Verona Resort & Spa opens in Tumon, with 335 rooms.

• Imperial Suites Hotel now Wyndham Garden Guam opens in Tamuning, with 142 rooms.

• Santa Fe on the Bay, now Santa Fe Hotel, opens in Tamuning with 112 rooms.

1999

• China Airlines begins service to Guam.

• Calvo Enterprises Inc. and the government of Guam unveil the Two Lovers Point park.

• Pleasure Island opens in Tumon, featuring Underwater World Aquarium and Sam Choy’s, what is now Sea Grill Restaurant and retail outlets.

• Outrigger Guam Resort opens in Tumon with 600 rooms.

• Royal Orchid Guam Hotel opens in Tumon, with 204 rooms.

2000

• TGI Fridays opens in Tumon.

2003

• Hard Rock Café Guam opens in Tumon.

2004

• Cold Stone Creamery opens in Tamuning.

• Days Inn, now Palmridge Inn, opens in Barrigada, with 131 rooms

2006

• Tumon Bay Lobster & Grill opens in Tumon.

• Restaurant Proa opens in Tumon.

2008

• Chili’s Grill and Bar breaks ground at Guam Premier Outlets.

• California Pizza Kitchen opens in Tamuning at the Holiday Resort & Spa.

2009

• Meskla opens in Hagatna.

• Port of Mocha Coffee House in Guam.

2010

• Churrasco Brazilian BBQ and Salad Bar opens in Tumon.

• Jin Air begins service to Guam from Korea.

2011

• Table 35 opens in Tamuning.

2013

• Mosa’s Joint Restaurant in Guam.

2015

• Dusit Thani Guam Resort opens with one third of its 419 rooms and several features.

• Air Busan begins service to Guam.

• T’Way Air begins service to Guam from Korea.

• CRUST opens in East Agana.

2016

• Cebu Pacific begins service to Guam.

• HK Express begins service to Guam.

• Eataliano opens at Leo Palace Resort Guam.

• Terraza opens at Two Lovers' Point.

• Navasana opens Spa opens at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort.

• Cafe Kitchen opens at Hyatt Regency Guam.

2017

• Rootz, The Hill's Grillhouse opens at Guam Plaza Resort & Spa.

• Little Pika's opens in Tumon.

• Air Seoul begins service to Guam.

2018

• Olive Garden opens at Tumon Sand Plaza.

• Kadu Guam opens in Mangilao.

2019

• Red Lobster opens at Tumon Sands Plaza.

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