Sa’e Bua – Betel Nut Festival in Atauro

2019, Film
Sa’e Bua – Betel Nut Festival in Atauro
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Every year in the month of July, people from five villages on the island of Atauro gather for a one-day betel nut harvest festival. At the heart of the event is a traditional ceremony to reaffirm peaceful relations between communities. The betel nut harvesters are extremely skilled: the areca palms are very tall and sway perilously in the wind. Once the crop has been brought down, the crowd samples the nuts and celebrates late into the night. Tourists are welcome.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project

Authors: USAID’s Tourism For All Project/Ann Turner


Ataúro Island Sustainable Tourism Strategy – 2030

2020, Report
Ataúro Island Sustainable Tourism Strategy – 2030
A shared vision to grow an inclusive tourism industry while protecting the island’s natural and cultural resources |

PURPOSE OF THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN
The purpose of the Sustainable Tourism Strategy is to define, through a consensus- oriented process, a road map for enhancing the competitiveness of Ataúro Island’s tourism industry that will ensure the sustainability of the island’s cultural and natural assets. The intent of the plan is to maximize and spread the benefits of tourism development throughout the island and to local communities.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project

Authors:

TIMOR-LESTE TOURISM REBOOT Initiative

2020, Report
TIMOR-LESTE TOURISM REBOOT Initiative
Proactive Plan For The After-Corona Era |

This concept paper presents a strategic crisis-action plan for Timor-Leste’s tourism sector to counter the impacts of COVID-19 and prepared for a new era in travel. It is presented in five sections, including: the pandemic crisis and its impact on international tourism; best practice examples of how destinations across the globe are managing the dynamics of the crisis and planning for a new era of travel; anecdotal stories of how the current State of Emergency instigated by the health crisis is affecting tourism stakeholders in Timor-Leste and a summary of a COVID-19 Tourism Impact Survey conducted by the USAID’s Tourism For All Project; a recommended Timor-Leste Tourism Reboot Initiative (TLTRI); and an outline of assistance that USAID’s Tourism For All Project will provide to help navigate the uncertain times is provided.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project

Authors:

Status of Marine Information for Conservation Management in Timor-Leste

2018, Report
Status of Marine Information for Conservation Management in Timor-Leste
Review and Inventory of High Conservation Value Marine Datasets, Programs, Activities and Future Priorities, Directions |

The vision behind USAID’s investment in the tourism sector through USAID’s Tourism for All Project is to promote TimorLeste’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination while preserving its unique environmental and cultural heritage. It also recognizes that effective conservation, planning and management systems are essential to protect areas of high conservation value (HCV) and national/global significance – and also essential to the future growth and success of the tourism sector.

Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project

Authors: Dr Karen Edyvane