Indigenous tourism summit draws international participation

Perth is preparing to host the World Indigenous Tourism Summit from 6 to 9 April. The event will bring together participants from throughout Australia and overseas to discuss economic, environmental, social and political advances and challenges in Indigenous tourism.

The hosting follows a successful bid by the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC), with support from the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) and the Western Australian Government through Tourism Western Australia.

The World indigenous Tourism Summit theme is: Tourism and Indigenous Earth Wisdom Weaving the Future that Benefits All | Image credit: WITS 2020

As well as promoting Aboriginal culture and progress being made in the Aboriginal tourism sector, it will provide opportunities for sharing experiences and collective wisdom.

WAITOC CEO, Robert Taylor, said the summit delegates would discuss key issues and needs that impact Indigenous tourism around the world, and the opportunities for further development of Indigenous tourism products.

A youth symposium will be held as part of the program and there will also be a government to government forum for government representatives involved in the development and implementation of public policy and programs for the sustainable development of Indigenous tourism.

The number of overseas visitors looking to explore Australia’s unique Indigenous experiences continues to grow. Tourism Australia recognises the potential for Indigenous travel experiences to set Australia apart from other destinations across the globe in an increasingly competitive global travel market.

According to Tourism Research Australia, the number of Indigenous cultural tourism visitors – those who participate in at least one Indigenous tourism activity during their trip – grew by an average 9% annually between 2013 and 2018.

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