Palau’s President meets with the trade in Sydney

Event held to celebrate Air Niugini's new Brisbane-Palau route

Yesterday, 21 December 2023, President Surangel Whipps Jr. of the Republic of Palau welcomed more than 30 Australian tourism industry and media leaders at a Palau Visitors Authority event in Sydney. The event was hosted to highlight the new weekly air route between Brisbane and Palau, operated by Air Niugini, and foster industry collaboration to drive visitation to Palau.

President Whipps shared insights about Palau’s tourism, economy, and sustainability in an engaging speech and Q&A session. Notable attendees included leading travel retailers and wholesalers, including Flight Centre, Expedia Group, Helloworld and Luxury Escapes.

His Excellency, President Surangel Whipps Jr of Palau

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Air Niugini generously offered guests of the event two return Business class flights to Palau as a celebration of the new air route.

Palau Visitors Authority has partnered with Ignite on a consumer campaign in the Australian market and new holiday packages are being offered to entice Australians to visit Palau which is renowned for its natural beauty, and underwater wonders.

To learn more about the Palau Visitors Authority, visit

Lead image: His Excellency, President Surangel Whipps Jr.; Peter Douglas, Helloworld National Sales Manager; Ultei Surangel, Moded Surangel and Sarah Anderson, GTI Managing Director.

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