Regional Aboriginal Tourism Boost for Western Australia
Image: Burrup Art site - Ngurrangga Tours
WAITOC Media Release - 03 February 2017
Western Australia is gearing up to lead the nation in tourism product development, marketing and world class Aboriginal tourism experiences
WAITOC – the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council embraces the Nationals WA tourism election commitment released today – involving a policy commitment made by the party to a Regional Aboriginal Experience Fund. WAITOC CEO Robert Taylor described the commitment as “a breath of fresh air for Aboriginal tourism”, and said that he would like to see other parties follow suit and put Aboriginal tourism at the forefront of their policy commitment.
AU$ 75 million over a five-year time span will go towards unlocking the potential of authentic indigenous tourism products.The objectives underline WAITOC’s vision to make Western Australia the market leader in Australia for Aboriginal experience tourism.
The Fund will work alongside traditional owners and in collaboration with the WAITOC to build and develop new product ideas and businesses, achieving World Heritage Listing of the Burrup Peninsula, one of the most prolific and ancient indigenous art sites in the world with over 1 million petroglyphs dating back as far as the ice age.
WAITOC is currently implementing a $4.6 million Aboriginal Tourism Development Project, funded by the Department of Regional Development, which supports the growth and development of cultural tourism experiences in the Kimberley and South-West regions. WAITOC Chairperson, Tahn Donovan commented “the council has been working closely with industry stakeholders and partners to spread the message that WA is no longer wait a while when it comes to Aboriginal tourism - with WAITOC being the leading state Aboriginal tourism organization in Australia, WA is now way ahead”, she said.
For more information about the full range of (over 100) cultural tours and experiences available, visit waitoc.com.
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