Prior to my trip to Guam, there’s one constant thing I’ve always heard about the place–it’s every shoppers’ ultimate shopping destination. Basically everyone around me has been gushing about how insane the deals are in this shopping paradise because everything here is tax-free. So when Guam Visitors Bureau invited me for Shop Guam Festival (SGF), my face naturally turned into a big smiley emoticon with heart-shaped eyes. I mean, shopping in Guam on a normal day is already a treat, but shopping during Shop Guam Festival?!? MAJOR FIREWORKS FOR A SHOPAHOLIC LIKE ME!
For those who don’t know, SGF is the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific Region since 2012. It showcases Guam’s tax-free shopping while offering a diverse set of shopping incentives and events. This third annual SGF that ran from November 1, 2014 to January 12, 2015 featured nearly 120 retailers/vendors with over 200 exclusive offers and even gave out discount coupon booklets! Of course, I made the most out of all these. How can I not? I was floored when I saw all the deals on my favorite international brands. It’s a crime not to bite the bait! We made the rounds at all the major malls like T-Galleria Guam by DFS (for luxury international brands and usual duty-free goodies), The Plaza along The Pleasure Island strip (mid to luxury international brands), Tumon Sands Plaza (for luxury international brands), Guam Premier Outlets (outlet shopping and cheap deals) and Micronesia Mall (where Macy’s is located). It was even easier to navigate our way around the malls and attractions because Guam Visitors Bureau came out with the Shop Guam Festival mobile app. It’s available in six different languages on both Android and iTunes and aims to help visitors find all sorts of information on Guam’s dining, shopping and tourist destinations. Easy peasy, right?
The SGF campaign is not just about shopping though. It’s embedded with in-store events, culinary celebrations, optional tours and cultural activities as well. To give you a taste of what to look forward to when you visit Guam (aside from the sea adventures and tourist spots I blogged about previously), here’s a short summary of how we enjoyed Guam’s shopping, dining and entertainment scene. Just leave a comment below if you want to know more about the specific places we visited. You may also visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page for the latest updates and information.
Featured places (top to bottom): Jeff’s Pirates Cove (1st – 4th, 18th photos) | Guam Premier Outlets (5th photo) | T-Galleria Guam By DFS (6th – 14th photos) | Denny’s (15th – 17th photos) | The Beach Bar and Grill bbq and cultural show (19th – 25th photos) | Sandcastle show (26th – 29th photos) | Shopping around Tumon (last photo)