28 Feb 2017

ADB warns Palau facing 'urgent' infrastructure challenges

From , 4:03 pm on 28 February 2017

The Asian Development Bank says Palau is facing urgent infrastructure and environmental challenges due to its booming tourism industry.

In a just released report assessing Palau's private sector, the ADB says the rapid growth of what it calls 'low-end tourism' could damage Palau's natural environment and World Heritage sites, which are crucial to maintaining its thriving tourism industry and generating revenue for the country.

That comes after a huge influx of tourists in 2015 and 2016, due mostly to an increase in package tours, primarily from mainland China.

The report's author, economist Paul Holden, told Amelia Langford that the key focus is on the type and number of tourists that Palau wants to attract.

Palau's capital Koror

Palau's capital Koror Photo: Supplied