Friday, May 27, 2022
Timor-Leste - Source: wowtravel.me
Timor-Leste - Source: wowtravel.me

Twenty years after a referendum on its independence, Timor-Leste wants to build its future on two opposite industries: tourism and oil. Will he win his bet without ransacking his primary wealth, a coral reef and natural beauties to dream about?

The white sand beach that stretches for several kilometers along a turquoise sea is usually deserted. There is not a single construction along the bumpy road that separates it from the range of hills covered in tropical vegetation. Even if Dili, the capital of 200,000 inhabitants of Timor-Leste, is only five kilometers away. 

But on this Sunday noon, a huge white tent has been erected on the sand and dozens of SUVs converge on an improvised parking lot. A whole gratin is expected for the 60th birthday of one of the most important investors in the country, Tony Jape. His company notably built, eight years ago, the only shopping center worthy of the name in all of Timor-Leste. Sumptuous buffet, disco music and aquatic entertainment are intended to please the businessman, but also to underline that in a short time he will begin the construction, on the edge of the beach, of a hotel complex of more than 150 rooms. The first of its kind in this small country of 1.3 million inhabitants, yet rich in deserted beaches, tropical forests, coffee plantations, mountains and, above all, a coral reef to have.

 

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Timor-Leste - Source: wowtravel.me
Timor-Leste - Source: wowtravel.me

Twenty years after a referendum on its independence, Timor-Leste wants to build its future on two opposite industries: tourism and oil. Will he win his bet without ransacking his primary wealth, a coral reef and natural beauties to dream about?

The white sand beach that stretches for several kilometers along a turquoise sea is usually deserted. There is not a single construction along the bumpy road that separates it from the range of hills covered in tropical vegetation. Even if Dili, the capital of 200,000 inhabitants of Timor-Leste, is only five kilometers away. 

But on this Sunday noon, a huge white tent has been erected on the sand and dozens of SUVs converge on an improvised parking lot. A whole gratin is expected for the 60th birthday of one of the most important investors in the country, Tony Jape. His company notably built, eight years ago, the only shopping center worthy of the name in all of Timor-Leste. Sumptuous buffet, disco music and aquatic entertainment are intended to please the businessman, but also to underline that in a short time he will begin the construction, on the edge of the beach, of a hotel complex of more than 150 rooms. The first of its kind in this small country of 1.3 million inhabitants, yet rich in deserted beaches, tropical forests, coffee plantations, mountains and, above all, a coral reef to have.