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Mar 29, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

Visitors to Western Australia’s Gateway City of Perth will soon be treated to a wider range of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant, authentic Aboriginal tourism experience in the heart of the CBD and surrounds.

The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council – WAITOC – is launching a brand new Aboriginal Tourism Development Program that will foster the growth and expansion of a selected range of authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences in the Perth Metro and surrounding region – creating more choice and diversity for visitors seeking an opportunity to interact with the world’s oldest living culture.

The new Perth Aboriginal Tourism Development Program Pilot (PATDPP) addresses a substantial supply and demand gap in Western Australia’s capital city and tourism arrivals hub. Perth is the state’s international gateway, accounting for around 888,000 international visitor arrivals* and a significant portion of all interstate arrivals. Whilst the broader city region draws the highest number of international arrivals, it currently features the lowest number of Aboriginal tourism experiences. Support programs for Aboriginal start-up businesses in Perth have not been available until now – the PATDPP is the first of its kind.

The AU$ 55,000 program, which is jointly funded by Tourism Western Australia, City of Perth and WAITOC will initially run for a six month ‘pilot’ period, with a view to extending for a further two years.

Tourism WA’s Chief Executive Officer Gwyn Dolphin said that the agency was pleased to provide funding for the initiative, which would offer development opportunities for metropolitan Aboriginal tourism businesses.

“Research has shown that visitors to Perth are interested in participating in Aboriginal tourism activities, and this funding will help to grow and enhance the range of quality, authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences in the metropolitan area.”

“I would like to congratulate WAITOC on initiating the program and the City of Perth for also coming on board as a funding partner.”

WAITOC supports the development and promotion of Aboriginal tourism business ventures in Western Australia. The Council believes that tourism is a unique industry in that it allows Aboriginal people to participate at a real and meaningful level, while still maintaining and valuing their cultural heritage.

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* Source – IVS Tourism Australia International Visitor Survey 2015/16

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