by Andrea Doyle | December 06, 2017
With just a U.S. passport and a spirit for adventure, incentive attendees can enjoy a truly fresh experience in Guam. With unspoiled natural beauty, a rich local culture, exciting water sports, and world-class hotels Guam is anything but ordinary. Incentive caught up with Guam Visitors Bureau Director of Global Marketing Pilar Laguaña to discuss what's new and what are some hidden gems in this emerging destination.

What's new in the city for groups?
As an emerging destination, Guam is a truly fresh experience for incentive and meeting travelers alike. Visitors are surrounded by pristine natural beauty where they can enjoy some of the world's most stunning beaches, water sports, dolphin watching, golf on Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus-designed courses, among others, and gentle hiking in waterfall-dotted valleys. All of this is set against a strong infrastructure of over 9,400 hotel rooms and the two-year-old Dusit Thaini Guam Resort & Convention Center, direct flights from the West Coast of the U.S., high speed Wi-Fi, and the need for only a U.S. passport.

What's a "hidden gem" for visiting groups?
The Fish Eye Marine Park in the Piti Bay Marine Preserve is an unforgettable experience. There is an underwater observatory to get a dry, yet immersive look at the ocean world of Micronesia in all its vivid and turquoise splendor. Snorkeling, dolphin watching and kayaking is also available there. There's also a landlubber submarine experience that gets you under without getting you soaked.

For those who want to dive in even further, scuba locations in Guam are plentiful including World War I and II shipwreck sites, coral gardens, an 11-mile reef and the Blue Hole offers more than 100 feet of underwater visibility. 

What's a good outing for a group looking to get a sense of the city's culture or history?
Get immersed in the ancient Chamorro culture at the Gef Pa'go Historical Village.  Here the history of local music, arts and crafts, dance, and food comes to life in traditional huts with visitors rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in everything from coconut cracking/husking and sea salt and rope making to bread baking in stone ovens.

A walk along the new Hagåtña Heritage Trail also features historic and architectural sites that cover the story of Guam from the early Chamorro culture 4,000 years ago, to the Spanish colonization in the late 17th century, and all the way through World War II and present day.

Where should a group go to get a truly local culinary experience?
Chamorro-inspired foods can be found everywhere from lavish dinner shows and beachside cafes, to upscale restaurants and small diners on Guam. Some things you'll find on the menu include crab, fresh fish, pork, coconut, edible seaweed, Chicken Kelaguen (a cold salad made with soy marinated chicken, lemon juice, green onions, and chilis), and red rice. Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, European, and other influences also play a large role in the local food culture in Guam.

Anything else that you think makes your city a great destination for groups?
For those who like exploring on the ground as well as on the sea, Guam also offers hiking (gentle to more advanced) -- or "Boonie Stomping" as it's known locally -- to take in gorgeous flora, fauna and jungle waterfalls.