Work on the venue for the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts has begun in Guam.
The 13 million US dollar Paseo de Susana Park will feature 34 permanent huts, with a ground-breaking ceremony held last week.
The Chair of the Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing and Historic Preservation is Senator Tina Muna-Barnes.
Ms Muna-Barnes says the beginning of construction marks an exciting time for the island with over 2700 artisans representing 27 different Pacific nations and territories expected to attend.
She says over 10,000 tourists are also anticipated.
The senator says the huts themselves represent the importance of the festival.
"The strength and of the foundation of our generations coming together as one. These buildings will play a significant part of our different cultures coming together and sharing the similarities of cultures and tradition, truly strengthening the value of our customs."
Ms Muna-Barnes says the venue will be used as a local market showcasing culture and heritage after the festival.