We are committed to promote our heritage and the
unique attractions of Palau through sustainable tourism
development and the encouragement of responsible practices.
Palau’s first tourist office was established in 1972 under the Economic Development Office of the Trust Territory Government called Palau Tourism Commission. The Tourism Re-Organization Act of 1982 under Palau Public Law 1-49, ended the Tourism Commission and established the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA).
The Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) is a semi-autonomous
body created by law to promote and encourage the development
and marketing of tourism as one of the primary economic
sectors of the Republic.
The PVA is composed of seven members of the board, appointed
by the President, with consent of the Senate. Its primary
responsibility is to develop policies and guidelines as
a basis for PVA’s operational and marketing direction;
it directs policies and work activities of the Authority
through the Managing Director, who in turn directs the day
to day activities of the organization.
The Board has another key responsibility in that it recommends
to the President and the Congress passages of legislation
pertaining to tourism. The PVA acts as a liaison between
the tourism industry and the community, particularly the
states, in accessing and encouraging the establishment of
potential tourist sites and suitable activities for the
purpose of spreading tourist traffic throughout Palau.
PVA is responsible for generating awareness about tourism
to all segments of the community in Palau to ensure that
the Palauan people understand what tourism is about, what
it does, and how it effects our island nation.