24 Jan 2017

Palau tourism aims for five-star resorts only

From , 7:04 am on 24 January 2017

New legislation aimed at turning Palau into a luxury destination is to be put before the new congress which came into power on Friday.

The proposed law will restrict future investment to five-star hotel chains.

The legislation is part of the president Tommy Remengesau's vision to reduce tourist numbers and increase tourist spending.

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

That growth however has come at a cost, with the overcrowding having some negative environmental and social impacts.

President Remengesau told Koroi Hawkins focusing on high end tourism is also aimed at limiting that impact.

The President of Palau Tommy Remengesau Jr.

The President of Palau Tommy Remengesau Jr. Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta