Tourism in Timor-Leste is one of the economic development priorities that have been identified in the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030. Planning for sustainable tourism development requires an inclusive approach ensuring that engages those most impacted by the proposed activity. It is important that people in Timor-Leste have a clear understanding of the options (Different forms and types of tourism) and an opportunity to shape these directions. All planning should be scrutinized according to a clear set of criteria that evaluates costs and benefits across cultural, social, environmental and economic spheres.
Our thoughts about planning
The United Nations have announced that 2017 is the International year of sustainable tourism and we feel that 2017 is the right time to begin a national conversation about tourism for development in Timor-Leste. This conversation should include information and conversation about models of tourism, who benefits and how they benefit and realistic expectations about what it will take to make this work. We also feel that this is a process and not an event. It is part of an ongoing dialogue.
We feel that the a tourism industry is best informed and evaluated by the Sustainable Development Goals 8, 12 & 14 will provide the greatest benefit to the people of Timor-Leste