Palau’s island country targets only rich tourists

Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017

palau-tourism-destination-in-the-worldTommy Remengesau, the president of Palau has proposed a new law that asserts that it would discourage budget travellers by permitting five-star hotels all across the islands of the nation.


One of the media houses have revealed that the president is aiming to make way for ‘quality rather than quantity’ as part of the regional tourism strategy for this region.


Remengesau said that the government would reward many hotels that would usher in excellent infrastructure to the island, well-equipped with the necessary exemptions and tax breaks. However, this kind of a tourism policy is likely to prevent tourists from visiting this beautiful island country.


The recent influx of Chinese tourists, it seems, has actually prompted the Palau government from imposing such an extreme measure, following several complaints.


In the year 2014, Palau had as many as 1,41,000 visitors that  an increase of 34% from 2013.


Within February 2015, the mainland Chinese visitors had risen by more than 500% to 10,955, as stated by a media house. This number is actually more than half of the population of Palau. The tourism sector is responsible for the major part of the GDP of Palau at 85%. But then, the local inhabitants feel that the increasing  number of tourists to Palau was proving to take a toll on the environment of this region.


The more the number of tourists, the more has been the destruction of coral reefs and wildlife disturbance.


Due to the growing concern about the increasing number of tourists, the government of Palau cut down the number of charter flights from China in 2015 by half. Accordingly, as the numbers slumped, the actual tourist spending went up.


Now, it seems that the government is happy with its decision to control the number of tourists who visit the island.


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