In an aim to boost Palau’s tourism market in Japan, the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) and the Japan tour operators and hoteliers had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, August 14, that would officially create the Palau-Japan Tourism Council.
The MOU signing came after over three months after the Delta Airlines stopped its air services between Japan and Palau last May 6. Delta Airlines used to carry an average of 1,500 passengers from Japan per month and was one of the top three carriers that brings the most passengers to Palau.
Part of the council’s goals is to share ideas on how to promote Palau in Japan and lure more tourists to visit the country.
The PVA resolution that creates the council states that the members of the Palau-Japan Tourism council must meet once a month to discuss tourism concerns, data, marketing strategy, and targets and goals.
The members of the newly created council are PVA Chairman of the Board of Directors Ngiraibelas Tmetuchl, Impac Tours President Isaya Suguwara, Belau Tours Assistant Manager Aiko Ito, Koror State Public Works Director Leslie Tewid, Palau Special Advisor on Tourist Promotion Masao Kikuchi, PVA Managing Director Stephenie Nakamura, and PVA Operations Program Director Kadoi Ruluked. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)