Bill introduced to name GVB building after Mr. Tourism, Bert UnpingcoWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - A measure has been introduced to name the Guam Visitors Bureau building in Tumon after the late Norbert Unpingco.
Republican Senator Jim Espaldon introduced Bill 90 as a tribute to Bert Unpingco, dubbed "Mr. Tourism," and his passion for the industry, which remains Guam’s main economic driving force.
Unpingco passed away on May 7 when he was 83 years old, and was known as a legend in the tourism industry, helping with the establishment of the Guam Visitors Bureau and served as its first general manager.
"And it’s because of people like Mr. Unpingco who have really helped the tourism industry develop. A lot of them have come and gone, but Mr. Unpingco, throughout his life, was consistently advocating for people to come to Guam, appreciate its beauty, and see it for what it’s worth. I think it’s noteworthy that, even in one of his books, he says ‘they call me Mr. Tourism, and my goal is to showcase Guam as a world-class tourist destination.’ I think that speaks well because that’s always been the goal," Sen. Espaldon said in an interview with PNC. "We’ve named many other buildings after other notable people, and I think for the Guam Visitors Bureau building to be named after him is more than appropriate."
Sen. Espaldon says Unpingco was admired for his pure passion for tourism, and that he never made a dime from all that he has accomplished for the still-thriving industry. Aside from having the GVB building named the “Norbert ‘Bert’ R. Unpingco Building,” Espaldon’s bill adds other elements within the building to honor Unpingco’s legacy. There will also be a plaque with Unpingco's picture, as well as a description of all the contributions he has made to the tourism industry.
You can view Bill 90-34 by clicking on the attachment below.