The seventh biennial Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference will be held in Alice Springs from 9 -11 October 2013.
The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Council CEO Johnny Edmonds said “The Territory’s reputation, and the compelling case put forward by Tourism NT to host and sponsor the conference in Alice Springs, were fundamental to WAITOC deciding that the heart of Australia is the right place to have it.”
“Tourism NT’s demonstrated capacity in successfully hosting and partnering with industry organisations in the delivery of the inaugural Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference in Darwin earlier this year underlines WAITOC’s confidence in the Northern Territory.”
The Northern Territory is a stronghold for Australian Indigenous tourism with over 180 Indigenous tourism experiences including touring, accommodation, events and art centres. The Northern Territory also has 15 operators participating in the prestigious Australian Indigenous Tourism Champions Program.
The announcement of the Alice Springs conference comes at the same time that world Indigenous Tourism representatives are gathering in Lucerne Switzerland to participate in the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance Forum, which is being held in conjunction with the Adventure Travel World Summit.
Mr Edmonds said that the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance arose out of the 6th Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference held in Perth in 2011 and stems from the collaboration of Indigenous tourism associations from six countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nepal, Sweden and USA”.
Mr Edmonds said “Australian Indigenous tourism clearly sits alongside other world Indigenous tourism leaders and the Alice Springs conference will have a solid international profile in 2013 alongside other Indigenous tourism conferences currently being planned for locations in Africa, Canada and the USA”.