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Bunbury Geographe Region

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Julie Hillier Mila Foundation

Julie is a proud Scottish woman who is now an Australian Citizen. She spent her high school years in the Pilbara and has worked professionally in Perth Metro, Goldfields and in the South West for close to a decade. As professionally accredited coach, trainer and facilitator she delivers MBA for the Australian Institute of Management and has over 20 years’ international experience in heavy industry as a Senior Leader working in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Julie also owns and runs her own tourism based business in Collie.
Currently Julie co-designs and co-facilitates the Mila Youth Program and has developed the Corporate & Adult Cultural Immersion programs in conjunction with respected local Elders and advisors.

Simon Phillips NZ Māori Tourism

Simon is one of those people who make you smile every time you meet with them. He is a natural when it comes to relationship building. Simon’s current career path is multifaceted and includes roles as the Director for Regions for NZ Māori Tourism, sitting on the board for NZ Māori Rugby League and a trustee for Parihaka Papakainga Trust.
This husband of a passionate Aussie (Leesa) and father of two growing boys has had a very interesting journey to date.
Born in Hamilton, Simons Mum (Pakeha) and Dad (Maori) moved to Hawera when he was 6 months old. His parents were entrepreneurs always involved in businesses, whether that would be retail, hospitality or farming and Simon credits much of his business interest to those memories of family business interests in the early days.
Over the past decade Simon has immersed himself in his passion for Māori economic development and through his latest role, as Director of Regions at NZ Māori Tourism, he has gained a real understanding for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism space.

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The 8th national Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) 2016
9 – 11 March 2016

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury, Western Australia

Tahn Donovan

WAITOC Chairman

“Since the inaugural event in 2004, the aim is to hold the conference in regions around Australia to showcase the diversity of Aboriginal culture in Australia and celebrate the achievements made in the tourism industry. Although the South West Geographe Margaret River region is known for gourmet food and wine experiences, it’s also rich in its cultural history and experiences”

About Us

Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference 2016
“Walking Together – Building Sustainable Futures”
Youth | Environment | Culture |Business of Tourism

The 8th AITC will bring together Aboriginal tourism representatives, businesses and organisations from Australia and overseas to discuss the opportunities and challenges within the industry through plenary sessions and presentations by industry leaders in the field.