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Tuvalu

Funafuti

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is the fourth smallest country. It is made up of nine low lying atolls and sits north of Fiji and east of the International Date Line. Tuvalu's population is approximately 11,000, with about half living on the atoll of Funafuti, which is also the capital.

In terms of tourism, the spectacular marine environment consisting of a vast expanse of ocean interspersed with atolls, magnificent lagoons, coral reefs and small islands all provide a unique South Seas ambience. Tuvalu offers a distinctive Polynesian culture of atoll island people who vigorously maintain their unique social organization, art, crafts, architecture, music, dance and legends. The Ministry of Tourism in Tuvalu has been working to grow tourism. It recently established a Tourism Stakeholders Association and is reviewing its National Tourism Policy and Strategy.

The tranquil islands of Tuvalu have a fishing industry that can be further commercialised. Fishing licence fees provide an important source of foreign exchange and the government has fishing licence agreements with Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, and is also party to a multilateral fishing agreement with the United States.

Tuvalu has been able to capitalise on its fortune in having the right to the highly marketable internet country code, ".tv". Tuvalu uses the Australian dollar which provides currency stability.

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