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Tourist stands at a small market stand selling snacks 

Tourism in Timor-Leste: Small Businesses, Big Impacts

May 12, 2021


Timor-Leste is working hard to reopen its shuttered tourism industry, but a few false steps and a new surge of Covid infections since last month’s flash floods may make it difficult to attract international travelers demanding new levels of safety and hygiene.


A Flight Path to Recovery for Tourism in Timor-Leste

October 28, 2020


Timor-Leste’s natural beauty should be a magnet for tourists and a much-needed boost to the economy, but costly airfares, inadequate airports, and Covid-19 have kept this goal out of reach. A report from The Asia Foundation points to a way forward.

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Timor-Leste Prepares for New Government and Opportunities for Tourist Economy

August 9, 2017


In July, Timor-Leste held its 4th parliamentary election, heralding in a new government, and potentially new leadership both within key ministries and at the prime ministerial level. Such leadership changes come at a critical time for the oil-dependent island nation, with warnings that if it doesn’t diversify its economy beyond oil extraction, the… Read more


Timor-Leste Elections 2017: More of the Same?

March 15, 2017


Politics in Timor-Leste is always engaging and colorful, and the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election on March 20 is no exception. With campaigning in full swing, the Timorese variety of consensus politics is on full display. It is a common site these days to see campaign event-bound trucks loaded with supporters of two former opposition parti… Read more