PALAU SENATE APPROVES REPEAL OF TOURIST FEE

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$50 conservation fee imposed on all tourists and visitors

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, March 30, 2009) – The Senate yesterday approved on final and third reading the proposed measure which will repeal the law collecting a green fee from tourists departing Palau.

According to Senate Bill No. 8-47, SD1, the tourism industry is a delicate industry which is a major contributor to our economic growth and that it repeals RPPL No. 7-42 and RPPL No. 7-57.

[PIR editor’s note: According to a PIR story in May 2007, the PAN was a controversial $50 fee imposed on all tourists and visitors to Palau.]

"But the Olbiil Era Kelulau finds that both RPPL No. 7-42 and 7-57 acts as deterrents for tourism growth in the Republic in a time when the number of tourists arriving in Palau is declining due to the global economic crisis."

The bill stated that RPPL No. 7-42 and RPPL No. 7-57 should be repealed in their entirety, and that the Protected Areas Network (PAN) law should revert back to its previous form.

The bill has been transmitted to the House of Delegates for action.

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