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                <a href="http://news.csu.edu.au/director/regionalnews.cfm?itemID=2C18DC580168BF4B926D59F83BA4AA4E" class="articleTitle">Investigating tourism in East Timor</a>
                
                
                
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                <span class="articleDate">07 Oct 2009 10:00</span>
                <p><p><img height="163" alt="Dr Rik Thwaites with East Timorese children." hspace="10" src="http://news.csu.edu.au/uploads/images/EastTimor01small.jpg" width="150" align="left" vspace="3" border="1"/>Fourteen students enrolled in <a href="http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/science/ses/undergrad_eco.htm" target="_blank">ecotourism</a> at Charles Sturt University (CSU) had the opportunity to tour East Timor for two weeks, investigating and experiencing tourism and community development. Led by CSU senior lecturer in ecotourism, Dr Rik Thwaites, the students found an undeveloped country outside the capital Dili, with problems in providing suitable food, infrastructure and transport for tourism. &ldquo;We always felt welcome and were treated with the utmost respect, even though the average villager outside of Dili was very poor being mainly subsistence farmers and fishers,&rdquo; said third year student Sarah Ridgway. &ldquo;On Atauro Island [off the main island], they had a different understanding of tourism to international visitors. The sense of tradition and community is very strong in these isolated areas and Western attitudes were actively discouraged among the villagers, so these cultural differences will be a major challenge for the future development of sustainable tourism in regions outside Dili.&rdquo; </p></p>
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                                <td class="txt">: <a href="mailto:wward@csu.edu.au">Wes Ward</a></td>
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