Jamie Marloo Thomas is a respected cultural leader for his Peek Whuurrong Gunditjmara and Gunnai communities. He understands the pain of disconnection from culture, which is why he has devoted the last 20 years to culturally mentoring young men from Victoria, and in particular from his community in the Western Districts of Victoria.
Combining 23 years of vast professional experience in Men’s Health, Well-being, Drug and Alcohol Support, Family Violence Prevention, Indigenous Youth, Cultural Heritage and Ancestral Remains Repatriation, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy from Latrobe University to develop an innovative approach to healing and wellness programs. Jamie is the Executive Director, Wayapa Wuurrk Pty Ltd and Chairperson of the Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation Ltd.
John Barrett is managing director of Kapiti Island Nature Tours and Kapiti Nature Lodge, a family tourism operation based on Kapiti Island Nature Reserve-New Zealand.
Through the family Nature tourism business, and other interactions with Nature based and community based tourism in New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia, USA, Canada and South America, John has experienced a wide range of Nature based and Indigenous tourism activities and initiatives.
John’s Iwi and Whanau whakapapa connections with Kapiti Island has led to a strong bond and relationship with that place and its people.
The 8th national Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) 2016
9 – 11 March 2016
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury, Western Australia
“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”
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.