Vice President Annette Lu (
Speaking at the airport prior to her departure, Lu said that Palau is the nation's nearest ally and that the heads of state of the two countries frequently visit each other's country.
Palau has been a popular place for Asian tourists, particularly Taiwanese, Lu said, adding that she is going to meet with Palauan officials in charge of tourism and with hoteliers to gain a better understanding of the travel facts of the island country for reference for Taiwanese tourists.
Lu is expected to meet with Palauan President Tommy Remengesau and the speakers of the Palauan Senate and House of Representatives during her stay.
She is scheduled to attend a ceremony today marking the grand opening of the six-story, 160-room Palau Royal Resort Hotel -- the newest and one of the largest five-star hotels in the country -- which was built by a group of Taiwanese businesspeople operating in Palau.
Lu will also visit other tourism attractions and environmental facilities around Palau.
Remengesau recently renewed his invitation for President Chen Shui-bian (