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Our Mission Statement

We are committed to promote our heritage and the unique attractions of Palau through sustainable tourism development and the encouragement of responsible practices.

About PVA

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.


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