Palau. Due to Palau's diplomatic relations with Taiwan,
at the end of 2017, the Chinese government ordered the
country's tourist agencies to stop arranging trips to Palau.
This had a negative impact on the tourism industry in the
small island state in 2018.
Overall, however, tourism revenue grew during the year.
In November, new laws were introduced to strengthen
environmental protection and increase opportunities to
punish tour operators who do not comply with the laws.
Countryaah.com, environmentally friendly alternatives to
disposable plastic products are now required and in 2020 a
ban on sun protection products that are harmful to coral
reefs will be introduced. Everyone who visits Palau will in
the future sign an "environmental insurance" called The
In October, the EU removed Palau from its black list of
countries that, due to non-cooperation, can be considered a