Thu. Sep 19th, 2019

Palau’s First Lady attends WTO conference in Bhutan

First Lady Debbie Remengesau (center, front row) with Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering (rightmost) during the 31st joint meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for East Asia and the Pacific in Bhutan on June 3. (Contributed Photo)

Palau’s First Lady Debbie Remengesau, together with the co-founders of the Palau Legacy Project, had attended the 31st Joint Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for East Asia and the Pacific held in Bhutan from June 3 to 5.

Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo told Island Times that the First lady is also set for private meeting with Bhutan’s tourism director and will have the chance to learn firsthand about Bhutan’s sustainable tourism efforts through a technical tour.

She will also meet with the UNWTO Director to discuss about Palau’s membership and tourism initiatives linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG.)

In her congratulatory remarks during the first day of the conference, Remengesau emphasized the need to address challenges brought by destructive tourism practices.

“We need to better understand how to support the sustainable development of tourism so that we can take steps to create better policy, infrastructure and initiatives,” Remengesau said.

Remengesau also did not fail to mention the country’s popular ‘Palau Pledge’, a mandatory oath to be signed by all visitors upon entry to the country as a promise to act in an environmentally responsible way during their stay here.

“In the tourism industry, we have a huge opportunity and a huge responsibility to our planet and to the children who follow us. Everyone in this room has the power to create real and lasting change toward the preservation of our environment,” Remengesau said.

The First Lady departed Palau on May 31 to attend the conference and is expected to be back in Palau by June 10.