Calvo to Congress: Allow Chinese & Russian tourists


Guam – Senator Eddie Calvo is testifying before Congressional Tuesday in Washington D.C. asking U.S. lawmakers to do everything possible to allow Chinese and Russian visitors visa waivers to enter the Marianas. His testimony will be before Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s Insular Affairs Sub-Committee.

In a release, Senator Calvo states that he believes tapping into the world’s largest outbound tourism markets will sustain economic growth beyond the military buildup and translate into better jobs and career opportunities and a higher quality of life for all Guam’s people.

“With your help, we will open our doors to Chinese and Russian visitors, leading our island in a new direction toward economic and financial independence,” Senator Calvo wrote in his testimony. “We want to provide these tourists a world-class resort destination in America’s westernmost frontier.”

Senator Calvo said the growth of military activity and tourism at the same time presents unprecedented opportunities for the people of Guam. “I want their quality of life to improve and to keep getting better years beyond the military buildup. This is why we must do everything possible to strengthen and diversify Guam’s number one industry, tourism, at the same time the military expands.”

“Every community in the United States wants the freedom and stability of a strong economy, which does not falter because of a dependence on another,” Senator Calvo wrote. “It is a dream within reach for Guam. With the opportunity to knock on the doors of China and Russia’s outbound visitor market, we will have the chance to build an unwavering economy and a government revenue stream that does not need to burden the federal government.”

The Senator asked Congresswoman Bordallo and members of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife “to extend the visa waiver program allowing Russian and Chinese visitors into our islands.”