The tourism industry is booming around the world but with the increased tourism comes a new set of concerns. Many destinations have found the sudden influx of attention from tourists difficult to cope with. One such destination is Palau, an archipelago that spans across 200 natural limestone and volcanic islands. Located in the Pacific between Japan and Australia, these little islands offer pristine beaches and forests.
This country has seen tourist numbers skyrocket and now receives over 160,000 visitors every year. That may not sound like a lot of people compared to other tourist destinations, but it’s eight times the islands’ 20,000 residents. As the 13th smallest country in the world, the impact of tourism is felt on every level.