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Timor Unearthed


Timor Unearthed creates opportunity through sustainable travel experiences. We aim to design programs to connect people and drive change. Our programs provide life changing opportunities for young Australians to increase their global awareness and for young Timorese to develop skills and share their culture. Our programs aim to promote the beauty of Timor-Leste's people and country. We want all our travelers to return home as informed advocates for sustainable travel in Timor-Leste.

Growing tourism in Timor-Leste! We see tourism as a mechanism for creating positive change. It is a critical time in the development of the tourism industry in Timor-Leste, with many challenges and opportunities.

Timor Unearthed operates guided by the frameworks set out by;

1. Timor-Leste's National Tourism Policy;

2. Timor-Leste's Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030; and

3. UN World Tourism Organisation, Tourism For Sustainable Development Goals

National Tourism Policy Timor-Leste


In 2017, the Timorese government approved the National Tourism Policy, which was developed to provide a clear framework needed to ensure effective, efficient, and sustainable growth in tourism. Tourism is one of Timor-Leste's five priority sectors for growth and economic diversification. This policy highlighted the importance of the tourism industry in the future development of the nation. Government, private sector, and civil society all have important roles in working towards a thriving tourism sector. As social enterprise Timor Unearthed is committed to operating towards achieving the goals of the private sector as set out in the National Tourism Policy.   

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The Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan is a twenty-year vision that reflects the aspirations of the Timorese people to create a prosperous and strong nation. Tourism is a key pillar of this development strategy. Timor-Leste’s natural beauty, rich history and cultural heritage there is great potential to develop tourism as a major industry to underpin economic development. A successful tourism industry will contribute income to the national and local economies, create jobs, build businesses and alleviate poverty.



Timor Unearthed operates guided by a framework developed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. We have adapted this approach to fit the context of Timor-Leste.

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