PALAU, TAIWAN EXPERTS DISCUSS ECO-TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

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KOROR, Palau (September 24, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---"A good place to live is a good place to visit," according to Taiwanese experts attending a two-day Palau eco-tourism conference.

The Taiwanese said based on their experience in Taiwan, eco-tourism must be supported by the people.

There also must be a clear national policy with a single administrative agency promoting eco-tourism, they said.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau earlier announced the creation of the National Tourism Unit, the agency that will deal with eco-tourism concerns and projects.

The Taiwanese delegation, led by Dr. John K. C. Liu, discussed eco-tourism with Palauan officials, tourism leaders, students and local residents.

The Taiwanese discussed:

They suggested that Palau needs to provide visitors with opportunities to explore more attractions, especially the country’s cultural heritage.

While the natural resources are so breathtaking and obvious, the cultural resources seem less apparent for short-term visitors, the Taiwanese said.

They said a videotape on Palau’s eco-tourism projects should be shown to tourists on all flights coming in from abroad.

Moreover, tour guides in Palau should learn about eco-tourism principles, the Taiwanese said.

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