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Attraction to promote Palauan food, dance, arts

By Peter Erick Magbanua KOROR, Palau (Island Times, March 21, 2011) – With the intention of boosting the tourism market of Babeldaob, a bill is now being pushed in the Senate for the creation of the Palau Cultural Village.

Senate Bill no. 8-198 as authored by Senators Raynold Oilouch and Camsek Chin, tends to the creation of the said village to become a major tourist destination and boost the development of Babeldoab. The cultural village will promote Palauan food, dances, arts and crafts and other related cultural activities.

"The Palau Cultural Village is intended to be self-sustaining entirely by the business generated from tourism and businesses who apply for a lot in the cultural village," stated in the bill.

The bill empowers the President to directly negotiate with state public land authorities for states to donate their public lands to the national government for the cultural village, which will encompass no less than 200,000 square meters and rent free.

After the land is negotiated for and selected, the President shall turn over the authority for the development of the cultural village to the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA). The PVA in turn will work in consultation with the President and the Governors of every state to develop the cultural village in a way that will represent as many aspects of Palauan culture as possible.

The PVA shall divide the land into parcels and designate the parcels to be developed for specific aspects of Palauan culture. The parcel shall be auctioned to businesses seeking to develop a particular parcel in the manner that it is designated to be developed. The businesses will in turn pay monthly rental fee that will be determined by the PVA to maintain the common areas of the cultural village.

However, businesses that will fail to develop the parcel granted to them within one year, the PVA may revoke the right of the business and put the parcel up for bid again. The PVA may grant, within its discretion, exceptions to the one year limit only if the businesses provide a strong reason for a need to exceed the one year limit. The bill, however, states that in no case may the exception be more than three years from the date the business wins the right to develop the parcel.

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