Saint Petersburg (Russia) – September 17, 2019 (travelindex.com) – UNWTO’s Member States unanimously welcomed Palau as a full Member at the 23rd General Assembly. The Pacific nation is made up of 240 islands and is committed to growing its tourism sector in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Palau is an archipelago of over 200 largely limestone and volcanic islands, covered in tropical forest, fringed by large barrier reefs and turquoise lagoons.
Palau is a pristine paradise with approximately 75% covered in native forest and mangroves, offering numerous activities and adventure options; explore the archaeological site at Babeldaob’s northernmost point, where you’ll find 37 large basalt monoliths on a hillside some weighing up to 4,500kg, visit the World War II battlefields, war memorials, and shrines or learn more about Palau’s rich cultural heritage at Ngarachamayong Cultural Centre.
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