||パラオ共和国における観光の現状と課題 : 持続可能な観光への取組
Tourism Development of the Republic of Palau : The Status Quo and Future Directions for Sustainable Development
宮国, 薫子Miyakuni, Kaoruko
琉球大学経済研究＝Ryukyu University Economic Review
88 , 2015-03-30 , 琉球大学法文学部 , Faculty of Law and Letters University of the Ryukyus
Republic of Palau has been a dream destination for divers and snorkelers from all over the world. The country is also known for her fierce battle of Peleliu Island in WWII. In 2012, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau's pristine islands and waters have been designated as one of World Heritage Sites. Recently, tourists from Asian nations (Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China) has been increasing and various negative impacts has been observed. Thus, nation-wide tourism planning and mplementation has to be needed. This article discusses current conditions and problems of Palau's tourism and suggests directions for sustainable tourism based on interviews, focus group meetings, and, literature reviews. The major problems of the country's tourism development found in this study were the leakage of tourism revenue due to the lack of diversities in industries, sustainable tourism practice aiming for protection of nature, and establishment of nation-wide tourism master plan.