Visitor center bears name of Mr. Guam Tourism
Honoring the late “Mr. Guam Tourism”, a particular ceremony happened today unveiling the Norbert “Bert” R. Unpingco Visitor Center down in Tumon. And it’s really located in an ideal spot: at the entrance of the Guam Visitor’s Bureau.
It was with every wave and every Hafa Adai Unpingco, Mr. Guam Tourism, would share the spirit of the island to all or any near and far.
“When I first started at the bureau because the deputy general manager, Uncle Bert would come across maybe once every few weeks and we spent hours discussing tourism educating me and I believe he’s done this for so quite a few tourism leaders,” Nate Denight, GVB President, said. “Even with he retired he’s always had that passion and been involved and always had that passion.”
Unpingco passed on in 2017 at 83. But, his memory lives on from the WAVE program which encouraged the city to Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically to the center being named in his honor – an attempt permitted after Sen. Jim Espaldon authored legislation to rename the visitors center.
His family attended today’s ceremony.
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Iowani Unpingo is Mr. Guam Tourism’s grandson and lovingly said, “I believe it’s amazing. When folks see the real name they are able to enquire about it and find out about it.”
His daughter, Gloria Unpingco Santiago, shared several memories of her father also, saying the sentiment was “Very warm-hearted. This means the world if you ask me to have my father honored for this type of special thing for the reason why we returned to Guam. He’d be honored and I am certain he could be up there smiling and looking down at everybody but concurrently the location is fantastic for the tourist and residents to see what Guam provides.”
And along with his name on leading door and his photo being among the first things you see once you head into GVB. Gloria says of her father’s legacy, “I’m so pleased with you, Daddy. I here wish you’re still.
“And he could be still here but he could be within everybody that welcomes tourist to Guam and can continually be here because he loved Guam.”