The Palau Visitors Authority and state tourism representatives recently returned from a month –long workshop in Japan to learn the inner workings of ecotourism.

Funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the workshop imparts the Japan’s experience, especially the likes of Okinawa in conducting ecotours.


Kate Mad, PVA’s Community and State Program Manager said  state representatives and tourism development partners participated in  ecotourism excursions in Japan.

She said that PVA and other state representatives will greatly benefit from the workshop  which can be applied in Palau especially in Babeldaob which has a rich potential for eco-tourism.

Mad said eco-tourism tours, excursions and activities in Japan are also applicable in Palau. She said Japan offers simple tours such as watching fireflies at night, which is becoming a popular tour experience around the world.

Kadoi Ruluked, PVA Operations Manager said that they would want to work closely with state leaders and representatives to enhance eco tourism industry in Palau in line with its Pristine Pradise Palau tagline.

He said with eco tours , which is now more popular among tourists , it will allows travelers to enjoy a variety of forms of recreation in Palu  while learning firsthand about the importance of preserving its natural environment or habitat.

“We have a lot of beautiful resources and states offer very unique cultural and historical sites and eco tours will allow these states to showcase what we have, Ruluked statd.

He said PVA’s goal is also to diversify Palau’s tourism attractions aside from diving and water activities. [/restrict]