The PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum (NTFF) gathers the top minds in destination travel for inspiring and insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations.
Tourism is one of the most powerful tools for economic growth and social development. The most interesting and unique attractions – including indigenous culture, wildlife and natural landscapes – are nearly always located in areas where access is difficult and poverty is often the greatest. The challenge is to evolve those assets into attractive, marketable tourism products that maximise social and economic benefits while minimising any negative impacts. Aligning with the advocacy theme of tourism dispersal the Forum shines the spotlight on new and emerging destinations through its choice of venue, introducing delegates to lesser-known yet attractive corners of the world. The format is collaborative yet informative, delivered through a two-day programme consisting of a one-day conference, networking events and a day of on-ground activities known as the Technical Tour and Tourism Marketing Treasure Hunt.
NTFF 2017 is generously hosted by the Palau Visitors Authority.
Palau presents a truly stunning landscape with 75 percent of the landmass covered in native forest and mangrove. The forests contain the most diverse collection of species in Micronesia with 1,400 types of plant and an estimated 194 endemic plant species that includes 23 endemic orchids. At least 46 species of reptiles and amphibians can be found, of which 12 are endemic to Palau. Also living in these islands are 162 recorded species of birds. Some of the rarest breeds are the Palau Ground Dove and the Giant White-eye. The Palau Magapode is now an endangered species.
Palau’s Bai (men’s traditional meeting house) were found in every village in ancient times. In the early 1900s there were still more than 100 Bai in existence. The Bai functioned as a meeting place for governing elders where they were assigned seats according to rank and title.
The Bai is still used in Palau’s modern society during village gatherings, for the coronation of a new chief or during funerals of clan members. Found along a hillside savannah are mysterious stone monoliths. Legend reveals them to be the foundation of an enormous Bai that was never completed. Sites of cultural significance are found in every state in Palau including the fabled fountain of youth.
Visit Palau and learn about the wisdom and culture that shapes its exceptional beauty. The bounty of Palau’s water comes from the lasting legacy of what’s known today as ‘ridge to reef’ or sustainable land and ocean management. Palau people know when and how to fish. Equally important, they know when not to fish. They are experts in land management and the protection against erosion.
Palau is a dream destination for diving enthusiasts with the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean home to more than 400 coral species and nearly 1,300 varieties of reef fish. These waters are also home to endangered and vulnerable species such as the saltwater crocodiles, sea turtle, giant clams and the world’s most isolated population of dugong – a relative of the manatee.
From major metropolitan airport centres around the world, visitors can travel with any international carrier airlines and fly direct to Palau from Chinese Taipei (3.55 hrs), the Republic of Korea (4.25 hrs), Japan (4.05 hrs), the Philippines (2.5 hrs) or Guam (1.5 hrs).
Business attire is the official dress code during business sessions. Dress code for evening social functions, unless otherwise specified within the program, is smart casual attire or national costume.
English is spoken widely and Palauan is a fun language to learn. Many service providers speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
Palau Time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
The local Modekngei religion combines traditional animist beliefs with Christian thinking and practices.
Palau has a tropical climate with an annual mean temperature of 28 °C (82 °F). Rainfall is heavy throughout the year, averaging 3,800 mm (150 inches). The average humidity is 82 percent. Although rain falls more frequently between July and October there is still much sunshine to enjoy.
Palau’s currency is the US dollar. VISA, JCB and MasterCard are widely accepted at many tourist facilities. There are ATMs at Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Guam and Bank Pacific in Koror. These may be used for international withdrawals.
The country code for Palau is 680.
Power sockets in Palau are very similar to those found in the United States and Canada. If your appliance has a North American plug it’s possible that you won’t need an adapter. However, we recommend that you take adapters to ensure compatibility.
- Valid passport for at least six months from date of entry to Palau
- A return or onward ticket
- Tourist visa for 30 days is issued upon arrival at Immigration
- Citizens of Myanmar and Bangladesh must arrive with a pre-approved visa
Visa on Arrival
Nationals of most countries may obtain a visa on arrival. The visa is valid for a maximum stay of 30 days but may be extended twice for a fee. In order to obtain a visa on arrival, visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds.
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