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Timor-Leste, or perhaps better known as East Timor, is one of the world's newest independent nations. It is located between Indonesia and Australia and while half of the island is Indonesian territory, the other half, East Timor, is now independent.

As a tourist destination, East Timor has great potential
The country was a Portuguese colony, it was then invaded by Indonesia, and independence, a bloody and painful process, has only been established in the last 10 years. Since independence, the country has gone though various phases of turmoil but in more recent times, the situation in the country has quietened down considerably.

As one of the world's poorest nations, much is still be done with the assistance of outside help, mainly from Australia and the EU.

As a tourist destination, East Timor has great potential but any tourist development must be carried wisely as not ruin East Timor's natural beauty of which there is plenty.

At this point in time tourism is in its infancy and facilities and services can be described as basic at the moment. In the longer-term though, East Timor could develop a viable tourism industry and provide the East Timorese with a viable source of income.

Recommendations: Well worth visiting remembering that the tourism industry is very much in its infancy and that facilities as basic.

Longer term prospects are good.

Ratings: 70 out of 100.

Henk Luf.