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USAID Tourism For All Project

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Expand and Improve Timor-Leste’s tourism offerings using an inclusive and sustainable approach.


To be determined with initial activities in the region Dili and Atauro Island

Key Counterparts:

Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry for Housing Development, Planning and Environment, and relevant private and non-governmental stakeholders.


January 2018 — January 2021


$9 Million  

Partner Contact:

Chemonics International  

USAID Contact:

Flavia da Silva

Project Management Specialist – Economic Growth

Email: usaid-timor-leste-info@usaid.gov

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Facing a fragmented tourism sector, USAID’s investment promotes Timor-Leste’s vision of becoming a competitive international tourism destination while preserving the country’s unique environmental and cultural heritage. The project focuses on two main objectives to achieve that vision. The first is to ensure that institutions, policies and laws are in place to fully implement the national tourism policy launched in 2017. The second objective is to promote sustainable private sector tourism investments and participation by Timorese communities, local and international NGOs, associations, and others, and create replicable models of sustainability and best practice.

Major Achievements:

  • Guided a national committee to establish a vision, mission, and tourism action plan for Mt. Ramelau and the surrounding park, Timor-Leste’s sacred mountain and most iconic tourism destination. Registration for a Mt. Ramelau Tourism Partnership (REBEKA) underway.
  • Facilitated the process whereby residents of Atauro Island, the most marine biodiverse locale in the world, created a vision, mission and tourism action plan for the next three years and began the registration process for the Tourism Partnership of Atauro (ATKOMA). Survey of visitor satisfaction with tourism offerings on Atauro undertaken.
  • Partnership agreement discussions ongoing with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Timor-Leste and the Women’s Business Association.
  • Working group established involving the Secretary of State for Arts and Culture, UNESCO and local non-governmental organizations for the conservation and preservation of tais (hand-woven textiles) aimed at eventual UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition.
  • Research and stakeholder dialogue underway to understand the potential for both Indonesia and Singapore as tourism source markets.
  • Grants program launched to encourage tourism entrepreneurs in the targeted areas.

Last updated: April 01, 2019

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