2012 in Review

Tourism Forum. On April 18, 2012 BTA supported the Palau Visitor’s Authority in implementing a local Tourism Forum aimed at providing local tourism service providers assistance assessing their current operations and an opportunity to net-work with other providers and advertise their services to the local industry.

Grand Opening of Palau Tourism & Hospitality School of Excellence (PTHSE). On May 2, 2012 this momentous occa-sion was attended by HE Johnson Toribiong, HE Maggie Tien, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of china in Palau, HE Martin Quinn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Embassy of Austrial FSM, HE Juergen Schrod, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Germany in the Philippines, and PCC President Dr. Patrick Tellei.

Cocktail Social. On May 19, 2012 BTA hosted the first ever cocktail party at the Belau National Museum where all the foreign government representatives were invited. HE Helen Patricia Reed-Rowe, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipo-tentiary and Mission Deputy Richard M. McCrensky of Embassy of the United States of America in Koror, Palau, First Secretary Toshiya Yamada of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Palau and family amongst others were in atten-dance. This was a great opportunity for BTA to showcase its accomplishments over the years, and what it aims to accom-plish moving forward with potential assistance from these generous and willing donor countries.

Klebokel el Lius: Ikebana 2012. This biennial event organized by BTA and sponsored this year by the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Palau aims to teach our community to appreciate, preserve and protect our natural environment. Ike-bana flower arranging seeks to inspire its target audience to appreciate our natural environment and to live in harmony with it, thus, the purpose of this workshop. More than 60 individuals participated in this two-day event (September 15-16, 2012). Delta Air Lines was also instrumental in providing for roundtrip air transportation to Sensei Koen Yokoi, a cele-brated Ikenaba artist from Tokyo, Japan who conducted the workshop and demonstration.

Ongoing Projects:

AliiHost: BTA successfully organized 9 AliiHost workshops during which over 135 local employees were successfully trained in the fundamental skills of customer service. BTA in collaboration with PVA & PCOC hold the license for Alii-Host throughout Micronesia from WorldHost, BC. The program is recognized throughout the world for setting the gold standard in adult education of customer service skills.

General Membership Meetings: Each month BTA convenes to update its members current issues within the tourism in-dustry, provide updates on committee work and progress and provide a networking opportunity for members to discuss and share developments and concerns within the industry.

Fostering Partnerships: BTA continually works to establish effective partnerships with industry members, local community, regional partners, development partners and local government. Our goal is to serve as a meeting house for all who are interested in the positive growth and development of the Palau’s leading revenue earning industry.

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