The President of Timor-Leste, H.E. President Kay Rala Xanana
Gusmao, is to deliver a 15-minute speech to welcome delegates to PATA Travel Mart 2003 on
“To have the head of state of the world's newest nation open our
travel mart is indeed an honour for PATA,” said Pacific Asia Travel Association
(PATA) President and CEO, Mr. Peter de Jong.
Formerly known as East Timor, the sovereign state of Timor-Leste will exhibit
at a travel trade event for the first time when it sets up its booth at the Mart.
“Timor-Leste is embracing travel and tourism as a major component in its
economic development,” said Mr. de Jong. “The Mart is their first foray in
actively promoting the nation's many unique tourism assets.”
In April, Timor-Leste joined PATA as a government member following a trip to
Dili by PATA Vice President, Mr. Peter Semone. Mr. Semone met with Prime
Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri and Secretary of State of Tourism, Environment and
Investment, Mr. Jose Teixeira.
"Timor Leste has world-class beaches and scuba diving plus numerous
land-based attractions," Mr. Semone said. "The destination needs investment
and has a very bright tourism future ahead of it."