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MTCI organizes dialogue to celebrate tourism International day

MTCI organizes dialogue to celebrate tourism International day

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DILI, 27 september 2022 (TATOLI)– The Ministry of Tourism, Trade, and Industry (MTCI) organizes International Tourism Day Dialogue with the theme “Redefine Tourism for Sustainability”.

This event involves all private sectors, academia, and civil society to share inputs on tourism sustainability.

“We celebrate international tourism day to redefine tourism sustainability by inviting the private sector, academia, and civil society to share the inputs on tourism sustainability because the government must listen to input from all sides for the development of tourism.” MTCI Deputy Minister, Inásia Terceira told Journalists at CCD, Caicoli, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Timor-Leste entrepreneur, Pedro Carrascalão, recommended two steps that need to be achieved by the Government to ensure tourism development in Timor-Leste.

Pedro said: First the Government should focus on basic infrastructure, especially in the aviation sector, and second the Government should coordinate with the private sector to advance and modernize the banking system to allow international tourists to visit Timor-Leste,”

According to Carrascalão international tourists will visit Timor-Leste if the banking system is operated properly, saying they are required to use a master card or other digital system to withdraw cash or for electronic payments for food and rooms.

Leo Monís, Representative of Civil Society considers tourism as a complex issue, therefore it needs everyone’s responsibility for the development of tourism.

“We must have a responsibility to ensure a healthy and clean environment and waste management is a priority issue, therefore the government must directly involve people who live close to tourist sites in every activity related to tourism to consider tourism as part of society,”

Regarding community involvement in tourism activities, CCITL vice president, Sidónio Freitas said the government should actively coordinate with CCITL to empower local communities as well as business groups.

“CCITL was established to empower women entrepreneurs and other local communities to be tourist friendly in Timor-Leste, so the government must work with CCITL to empower communities and groups of entrepreneurs to increase their ability and skills to manage the tourism sector, they can also provide food and services to tourists,” said Freitas.

So far, the government has the policy to adjust Public Private Partnership (PPP) for sustainable tourism.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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