Guam is the largest island in Micronesia and the southernmost island in the Mariana island chain. Chamorros is the native residents of Guam. They have appeared on the island since 6000 years ago. In 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the island during his circumnavigation of the globe. After that Guam started its long history of ruling by the Western countries.
Between 1668 to 1815, Guam was an important resting stop on the Spanish trade route between Mexico and Philippines. In 1898, after Spanish-American War the United States took control of Guam, it came to serve as a station for American ships traveling back and forth of Philippines. During World War II, Guam was attacked and invaded by Japanese army. In 1944, during the Battle of Guam, the United States recapture the island from Japanese military occupation. After the war, the Guam Organic Act of 1950 established Guam as an unincorporated organized territory of the United States, provided for the structure of the island’s government, and granted the people United States citizenship.
Tourism is the primary component of Guam’s economy. The United States military base and federal spending is also a big part of Guam’s GDP. Even though Guam does not receive any form of foreign aid, the United States under the provisions of a special law of Congress does not charge Guam for income or excise taxes.
Guam is a popular destination for mainly Japanese tourists alone with Korean and Chinese. There are over 20 large hotels, a DFS Galleria, Pleasure Island aquarium, SandCastle Las Vegas shows and other shopping and entertainment features on the island. Pacific Island Club Guam (http://www.picresorts.com/en/Guam/Index.asp) caters to a diverse clientele including individuals, couples, families and tour groups. Upon arrival, tourists can relax in a hammock on the beach, laze around the Waterpark or enjoy a challenging game of beach volleyball.
Guam has it unique Chamorro culture that every tourist will experience and will never forget. Traditional Chamorro culture is visually manifested in dance, cuisine, songs and fashion. Therefore, a trip to Guam is not complete without eating in a traditional Guam cuisine and shopping for souvenirs. PIC wants to give you a complete shopping experience, too. While tourists are there, they can also fill their shopping bag with gifts for the folks back home. Visit these stores while enjoying the time at PIC resorts, and look at our selection of PIC Logo Merchandise including rush guards, tees, polo shirts and gifts. PIC Guam’s selection of items and products are always changing to meet and satisfy its customers’ requirements