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East Timor tourism remains stuck in the slow lane

Country struggles to tap into global travel boom to augment oil and gas revenue

East Timor's hills, beaches and rich sunsets should prove a magnet for travelers, but the country's inaccessibility and violent history may be hindering tourism. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

DILI -- When Joshua Kohn and Lea Mietzle set out backpacking around Southeast Asia, East Timor was not on their itinerary.

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