2022, Report Tourism Asset Mapping Report |

This is the final consultancy report of a Tourism Asset Mapping (TAM) conducted under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance project “Cross-Border Trade and Cooperation between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.” Between 2017 and 2018, ADB conducted a scoping study on enhanced cross-border cooperation and integration between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. One of the potential opportunities identified was development of cross-border tourism itineraries, supported by reduction in transport barriers and costs. This focused on creating joint itineraries under the banner “One Island-Two Nations” and creating niche products for tourists which combines highlights from West Timor in NTT and Timor-Leste in a non-competitive manner.

In May 2019, the Governments of Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the ADB signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support cross-border trade and cooperation which included commitments to progress tourism cooperation. This agreement is currently being supported by the Cross-Border Trade and Cooperation between Indonesia and Timor-Leste technical assistance project which commenced in July 2019 and completed in December 2021. One of the main activities on tourism cooperation is to conduct a tourism asset mapping (TAM) with stakeholders of assets and attractions in Timor-Leste and West Timor and use these results to identify viable
joint island itineraries. The objective of the report is to explain the methodology and findings of the TAM conducted on Timor Island.

Organisations: Asian Development Bank Authors:


USAID has contracted a Consultancy under its Tourism For All Project to promote Timor-Leste’s tourism sector and preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage and natural
environment. A core element of this program is to support the Government of Timor-Leste
(GOTL) to facilitate private investment partnerships and foster sustainability in the tourism
sector. USAID’s Tourism For All Project follows the National Tourism Policy document, titled
‘Growing Tourism to 2030: Enhancing a National Identity 2017’.
This policy in turn takes on board
the GOTL’s primary national development policy agenda, the ‘Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030’.
The recently prepared Priority Project Action Plan Report outlines five fast-tracked tourism-related initiatives to complement the Cristo Rei Modernization and Management Pilot Project
under USAID’s Tourism For All Project. These projects will improve service delivery in the
tourism sector by creating an ecosystem of small and large investments in businesses in various
activities across intersecting industry value chains. One of the priority projects is the Dili Port
Site Redevelopment and Commercialization initiative, which forms the subject of this report.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project Authors:


The objective of this Priority Project Action Plans Report is to present a set of time-phased
Action Plans to develop as viable transactions. The five (5) designated projects that
have been selected are the result of the Project Team’s assessment and screening of
the total thirty-six (36) initiatives included in the Master List. The utility of this report
is to equip project sponsors (public, private, and donor) with a sound understanding
of project viability to develop the Projects from concept to feasibility and, ultimately,
to the bid and tender phases of implementation. This project analysis encompasses
assessments of potential risks and opportunities, market interest and requirements,
and stakeholder responsibilities, as well as additional data gathering and due diligence
The primary conclusion of the report is that all five (5) Priority Project are highly
economically impactful and, with the support of the government, will likely attract
private interest and investment, as well as donor / blended finance participation.
Importantly, these initiatives are not unduly large in scope, nor will they pose undue
fiscal risk to the GOTL in properly structured. On the contrary, with USAID support,
these projects can demonstrate the role of the private sector in improving service
delivery and promoting good governance in the economic and tourism sectors.
It is our view that all the project preparation work necessary to attract private
investors/bidders can be completed in a relatively short period of time and begin
demonstrating visible results in the near future. These Action Plans and subsequent
project development models will serve as replicable templates for the consideration
of further investment in the Tourism Sector in Timor-Leste which can serve as
strategic platforms to generate employment, improve service delivery, and promote
sustainable environmental management and conservation practices.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project Authors:

, Education
Taking attractive tourism photographs using your smartphone

Hello friends working in the tourism sector. Today we are going to share with you some simple tips on how to take attractive tourism photographs with your smartphones. As young people who are passionate about working in the tourism sector, we will present seven photography tips that are really important for us to apply to promote our tourism businesses.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project


2021, Report

Despite the difficulties of the year, ATKOMA is pleased to report that the organization has earned $500 in revenue over 2021 so far through the provision of guided tours and other services. This funding goes directly into supporting our management and marketing of tourism on the island. With the continued support of the USAID Tourism for All Project, ATKOMA continues to focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the organization. Through training new tour guides, implementing the Ataúro Visitor Contribution Fee, and encouraging staff to operate on a commission-based model, ATKOMA has generated over $500 from guest fees and tours, helping us on our way to becoming a more sustainable organization.

Organisations: Atauro Tourism


2021, Report
2020 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MSMEs and Timor-Leste’s Tourism Sector

Over the course of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic had an unprecedented global impact, with the death toll surpassing more than one million by the end of the year. Many regions of the world continue to report rising infection numbers, and this is even the case in countries where infection numbers and deaths were declining. Also, the global recession, as well as local containment measures have had a serious impact on domestic economies.

Organisations: The Asia Foundation


2021, Report
Where to next? Community-based tourism in hidden Timor-Leste

Photo : RAEOA

This photo essay is designed to showcase the community-based approach to tourism development on untouched Oé-Cusse in Timor-Leste. This approach is seen as essential in ensuring that tourism develops in an equitable and sustainable manner, and it meaningfully contributes income to the national and local economies, create jobs, facilitate business creation, improve regional economic imbalances, and protects and enhances the natural and cultural environment. The essay will showcase the tourism product of Oé-Cusse and will also feature some of the entrepreneurs that have benefitted from the community-based tourism development programme, that is being executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Oé-Cusse Ambeno.

Organisations: United Nations Development Programme


2021, Report

Photo c. Wayne Lovell 

Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, tourism was growing steadily across the Southeast Asia region (ASEAN) and the world. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 will affect the volume and profitability of the sector in the short term. The silver lining of this crisis is that the industry has an opportunity to ‘build back better’ and establish a more sustainable modus operandi. 

Given tourism’s important role as a creator of jobs, booster of economies and contributor to the fight against global poverty; and in the face of the projected increase in travelers in coming years, there exists a real need for the sector to urgently act to adopt policies which will ensure that the sector is developed responsibly and sustainably, using the ‘quadruple bottom line’ approach of environmental, social, economic and climate responsiveness. This paper will consider all of these sustainability elements, but specifically focus on how to respond to impending climate change challenge.