Timor-Leste’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and rich history lends itself to the development of the country as a new and emerging tourist destination. The potential in this sector is broad: opportunities exist in developing cultural, nature-based ecotourism, and adventure tourism. The Government of Timor-Leste’s tourism policy, Growing Tourism to 2030 – Creating a sense of national identity, recognises the importance of tourism to the future prosperity of the nation and sets the intention to develop the sector in a manner that is sustainable for the environment, economy and society.
The Government of Timor-Leste and The Asia Foundation developed an official tourism website, www.timorleste.tl, and created the Explore the Undiscovered campaign and national branding to reposition foreign travellers’ perspectives of the country and encourage them to visit.
Hilton has partnered with the Lay Group and worked with TradeInvest to agree investment benefits for the development of the Hilton Dili Palm Springs Hotel. Construction of the hotel is advanced, and Hilton anticipates welcoming guests in 2019.
The Government of Timor-Leste is supporting the design and construction of tourist infrastructure at hot water springs in Marobo and Atauro, and development of Lake Maubara.