Recently the Government of Timor-Leste has approved the National Tourism Policy. The National Tourism Policy, titled Growing Tourism to 2030 – Enhancing a National Identity, is a call to action for all stakeholders to work collectively towards achieving the true potential of our country as an international tourism destination.
In 2014, tourism related activities generated an estimated US$14 million in direct benefits to our economy. The sector supports about 4,300 jobs in the accommodation, restaurant and other tourism related services. However, tourism’s contribution is not confined to directly generating employment, economic activity and exports. It also contributes to social inclusion of Timorese women and youth. Tourism has the potential to reduce poverty and promote entrepreneurship, which will provide much needed opportunity to the people of Timor-Leste.
In terms of specific targets as stated in the National Tourism Policy, by 2030 the Government of Timor-Leste’s goal is that revenue from international tourists and visitors will reach US$150 million and employment in the sector will reach 15,000. This will be underpinned by 200,000 international visits per year by 2030, compared to 55,000 in 2014.
The National Tourism Policy provides the framework to deliver on this ambition and we look forward to working with the industry, tourism agencies, government departments, academic institutions and everybody with an interest in Timor-Leste tourism to ensure we achieve our vision.
Please refer to below to download the full version of the National Tourism Policy:
The following is the Timor-Leste official Tourism website: