Published on : Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Palau has suffered 16 percent drop in arrivals from China, as the Chinese forced to all its tour operators to stop flights to Palau in protest over its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, reinforced by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit.
Despite the last-quarter drop in arrivals, China continues to be the major source market for Palau, with a nearly 48 percent share according to the latest figures from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.
The share was nearly 52 percent in the prior quarter.J apan was second highest accounting for 23.7 percent of visitors, followed by Taiwan at 8 percent.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation says the drop in Chinese arrivals also reflected a drastic reduction in scheduled and chartered flights to Palau. 63.9 percent and 17.4 percent, respectively.