Palau riding on success of 'Survivor'

LOS ANGELES -- Travel suppliers in the Pacific archipelago of Palau are preparing for a surge in business following the recently completed season of the TV show Survivor. Palau was the setting for the CBS series.

Traffic on the Palau Visitors Authority Web site, www.visit-palau.com, has skyrocketed from 1,000 hits a month prior to the show to nearly 7 million in February when the series made its debut for the 10th season, according to the authoritys director, Mary Ann Delanel.

With the strong surge in interest in the island, the visitors authority coordinated an effort among local suppliers to offer vacation packages. A sampling follows:

For example, the Cliffside Hotel Palau and Neco Marine have partnered to offer a seven-night package with five days of scuba diving for two at $1,200 per person, double. For more information, see www.necomarine.com or call (680) 488-1755. The plan is valid through June 30.

Palau Pacific Resort created the Survivor Ultra Challenge, priced at $ $2,200.70, double, for five nights accommodations with buffet breakfast and three days of diving for two people. For information, visit www.palau.panpacific.com or fax a request for rooms to (680) 488-1606. The plan is valid through Dec. 22.

Continental Airlines Vacations is offering a seven-night dive package to Palau with five days of two-tank diving, starting at $840 per person, double, land only. To book Continental Airlines Vacations, call (888) 736-9796. Dates and participating hotels vary.

For more information, see www.visit-palau.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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