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Timor Leste


Timor Leste or East Timor is a country in South-East Asia with a population of around 1.1 million, one of the fastest growing populations in the world. Located northwest of Australia, the country is 15,410 square kilometres (5,400 square miles) in size, much of which is mountainous. The climate is tropical and generally hot and humid, characterised by distinct rainy and dry seasons. Its capital and largest city is Dili which is also the country's main port. Timor Leste formerly depended upon exports of few commodities such as coffee, marble, oil and sandalwood. Its economy grew by about 10% in 2011 and at a similar rate in 2012. With its limited export base, much of Timor Leste's revenue has come from offshore oil and gas reserves.

While the agriculture sector employs 80% of the active population, another sector of growth for Timor Leste and contributing to employment is Tourism. Timor Leste's tourism industry is budding, compared to the more advanced economies of South-East Asia and the developed countries in the Pacific. Timor-Leste is a unique and diverse destination with an abundance of natural beauty including rugged mountains and a spectacular coastline, still untouched by international mass tourism. The Timor Leste government has prioritised Tourism as a sector that boasts opportunities for investment and as such has channelled resources to develop this Tourism. The vast array of attractions in Timor Leste act as a great appeal to tourists from all over the world who visit with a keen interest in eco-friendly tourist facilities.

The range of accommodation available in Timor Leste varies from high-end boutique resorts like the Hotel Esplanada in Dili to guest houses, backpackers, and lodgings. There are also opportunities for investment in the tourism sector along with other sectors prioritised by the Government of Timor Leste.

A number of airlines fly into Timor Leste, including its own airline Timor Air, Airnorth, Merpati Airlines and Sriwijaya Air. Its accessibility to some of the Pacific's major markets and capital cities of developed countries contributes to its attractiveness as a destination for investment, particularly in tourism which is still untouched by international tourism.

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