CBET - sITES

CBET sites in the Eastern Zone encompass the four municipalities of Baucau, Lautem, Manatuto, and Viqueque.

Manatuto Municipaliy

This municipality is located in
the central part of the country. Manatuto is also known as birth place of Xanana Gusmao, a national hero of the Resistance, who became the second President in 2002 (the first president of Timor-Leste was Francisco Xavier in 1975).  

Viqueque Municipality

The Municipality of Viqueque is situated in the northern part of the country and is located in the south coast of the island, bordering Lautem Municipality to the east. Viqueque has very good potential for historical tourism, as it was a key resistance stronghold in the battle for independence.

Municipio Lautem

Lautem Municipality

Lautem lies in the eastern end of the island of Timor. This municipality has great potential for terrestrial and marine tourism. The tourist attractions which are most visited by international and domestic travellers are Com,
Ili Kere-kere Caves, Nino Konis Santana National Park.

 
Aileu | Ainaro | Baucau | Bobonaro | Dili | Manufahi | Liquisa | Suai | Oe-cusse | Ermera | Lautem | Manatuto | Viqueque

ABOUT CBET

 

CBET CONCEPT

Whilst there are no fixed concepts or definitions of CBET, and it is often open to different interpretations by organisations involved in it, the bottom line is that CBET is a type of tourism which should contribute to sustainable tourism development that benefits local people.

“The CBET concept is part of an alternative form of tourism that is important for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Timor-Leste, as it not only contributes to the well-being of local people economically but also helps host communities protect and preserve their natural and cultural resources” (J.Quintas,2016).

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CBET Development

Timor-Leste’s National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 has acknowledged that community-based tourism is an important development approach for local communities in order to enhance their local economy. CBET development in Timor-Leste is still in the early stages, and local communities are still encountering a number of challenges in terms of basic infrastructure, financial limitations, and human resources.

However, CBET has been growing considerably over the last three years in Timor-Leste, specifically in the areas where most of the potential ecotourism resources are located, including Ainaro (Maubisse and Hatu Builico), Baucau, Dili (Ataúro Island), Ermera, Liquiça, Lautem (Com and Tutuala) Maliana and Viqueque (Loihunu).   


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CBET - PROGRAMS

 

In order to improve CBET initiatives across the country,  the Ministry of Tourism, the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, and Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion for Women. These organisations have supported CBET in enhancing human resource development through numerous vocational training initiatives, namely business skills training, basic accounting, hospitality, tour guiding, gastronomy, and so on.

In accordance with CBET programs in Timor-Leste, NGOs also play an important role in assisting CBET development with a range of programs including advocacy for responsible tourism (ecotourism), assisting local communities in establishing new CBET initiatives in the area of accommodation, helping CBET in improving local crafts, and enhancing capacity building.

 

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THINGS TO DO

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One of the main tourist attractions in Timor-Leste are the magnificent, white sand beaches.

BEACHES
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Traditional market days offer interesting insights into the local way of life

Traditional Market
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Timor-Leste is blessed with very diverse culture and heritage

Culture and Heritage
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Timor-Leste is blessed with very diverse culture and heritage

Culture and Heritage
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Timor-Leste is blessed with very diverse culture and heritage

Culture and Heritage
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Traditional market days offer interesting insights into the local way of life

Traditional Market
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There are many types of handicrafts which can be purchased for souvenirs to take back home

HANDYCRAFT
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There are many types of handicrafts which can be purchased for souvenirs to take back home

HANDYCRAFT
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Volunteer Tour
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For those of you fancy whale and dolphin watching, Timor-Leste is one of the best places in the world to observe marine mammals

Whales and Dolphin
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For those of you fancy whale and dolphin watching, Timor-Leste is one of the best places in the world to observe marine mammals

Whales and Dolphin
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With its majestic mountain scenery, word is already getting out that Timor-Leste has much to offer for trekking and hiking enthusiasts

Volunteer Tour <
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Traditional market days offer interesting insights into the local way of life. Many visitors enjoy a market visit, to see what’s on offer and to buy products from local communities, particularly delicious, fresh, organic fruit and vegetables

Traditional Market
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Diving and snorkelling sites are very accessible in Timor-Leste. The island of Timor has world class diving due to its perfect combination of cool, deep water, unspoiled reefs, and great diversity of marine life.

Diving
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Timor-Leste is located in the Coral Triangle. The popular sites for diving and snorkelling are in Maubara (Liquiça), Cristo Rei and Dili Rock (Dili), Behau (Manatuto), Wata Bou (Baucau), Com and Jaco (Lautem), etc.

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Timor-Leste has huge potential for bird watching. It has been estimated that there are more than 240 bird species, including 23 found nowhere else in the world. Potential bird watching sites include the Nino Konis Santana National Park, Protected Areas of Manu Koko (Atauro Island), etc.

BIRD WATCHING
OUR PARTNERS

 

In developing CBET initiatives in Timor-Leste, CBET beneficiaries have numerous development partnerships with government institutions such as the Ministry of Tourism, the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, and the Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion for Women.

Local communities who run CBET initiatives have also had good partnerships with local NGOs and the tourism private sector, including travel agencies and tour operators.

International development partners such as United Nations World Tourism Organization have been supporting Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Tourism in promoting CBET in a number of programs such as the following:
Training of Trainers (ToT) program in CBET marketing and business skills;
Training for CBET beneficiaries in the areas of hospitality, promotion and marketing, and business skills;
Establishment of CBET website;
CBET familiarization trip;
Creating CBET promotional materials (CBET brochures and itineraries).


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CBET - NEWS

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CBET-Valounteer

Melbourne University ran a CBET volunteer tour at CBET Valu Sere, Tutuala, Municipality of Lautem on September 27th, 2016. This program was facilitated by the Haburas Foundation NGO.  Through this study tour the students were able to observe and understand how local communities run their CBET enterprises whilst maintaining their cultural heritage and environment. CBET Valu Sere is situated within the Nino Konis Santana National Park.

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CBET - Training

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, through the National Directorate of Tourism Marketing and International Relations, conducted a training programme on CBET management and marketing on Ataúro Island on October 6th, 2016. Around 55 people participated, from 5 villages including Bikeli, Beloi, Vila Maumenta, Makili and Makadade.

 

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