Tourism Industry delegates from Australia and overseas will gather in Lorne, Victoria in November this year for the 9th AITC - Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference.
Aboriginal tourism is instrumental in helping to protect and preserve traditional culture. It also encourages communities to become economically viable by providing income and jobs. WAITOC is excited, once again, to have industry experts and leaders share their knowledge in relation to trends, technology and practical ‘hands-on’ advice.
Since the inaugural AITC event in 2004, the aim has been to stage the conference in a variety of regions around Australia to showcase the diversity of Aboriginal culture and celebrate the achievements made in the tourism industry. Previous venues have been Perth, Alice Springs, Broome, Townsville, Fremantle and Bunbury.
Facilitated by WAITOC – Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, hosted by Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and supported by the State Government of Victoria and Outback Academy, the conference will table the opportunities and challenges within the industry through plenary sessions and presentations by industry leaders in the field.
Outback Academy’s Executive Director, Clare O’Kelly said ‘we are delighted to have orchestrated this important national conference for Victoria. Outback Academy is looking forward to working with young people across Australia to participate and showcase their skills in hospitality and tourism’.
Jamie Lowe, General Manager of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation commented, ‘This is a significant opportunity for Aboriginal tourism operators across the nation to share and promote their businesses while spending time at one of the most iconic tourism destinations in Australia – situated on the country of the Eastern Maar Peoples’. ‘We are excited to be part of this event and look forward to working with WAITOC, the Victorian State Government, Outback Academy and other partners to ensure that guests on Eastern Maar country have an outstanding experience’.
The exact date and venue will be announced shortly.
WAITOC acknowledges the continued support from Tourism Western Australia
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