Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference 2012

The Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference 2012 will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre in the Northern Territory, Australia from the 28 - 30 March 2012. Looking to the city from the edge of the Arafura Sea, the Darwin Convention Centre is the iconic landmark of Australia's tropical harbour city. Its waterfront setting is quite befitting. To the Larrakia, the traditional owners of Darwin, the harbour is a place of connection where they have welcomed visitors for centuries while trading with other indigenous tribes and Southeast Asian neighbours. 

Darwin Convention Centre
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, and enjoys a relaxed, tropical lifestyle. Darwin is an ideal base for visits to spectacular World Heritage listed areas, surrounding National Parks and attractions including Kakadu National Park. Darwin has grown from an early and remote outpost to a thriving modern capital city, it is Australia's only tropical capital city and boasts a population of 72,000 with about 26,000 more in the combined satellite city of Palmerston and the surrounding rural area. Approximately half the Northern Territory population of 198,000 live within a 50km radius of Darwin. The city itself and the population on average are younger than the rest of Australia. Darwin has a relaxed lifestyle, a multitude of attractions and a tropical feel and smell, all in all people who experience Darwin and the Top End never forget it, that is if they ever leave it.

THE OPENING KEY NOTE ADDRESS will be given by Anita Mendiratta, Founder & M.D. CACHET Consulting & Author. It will have the title  “INDIGENOUS and INVALUABLE" -  Exploring the economic and cultural contribution of Indigenous Tourism to the Nations of Pacific/Asia”

A feature of the conference will be the PLENARY SESSIONS, which will include:
"The Role And Importance Of Indigenous Tourism" 
Profiles Australia’s endeavours in recognising and optimising the economic, cultural and environmental significance of Indigenous tourism.  
"Taking Indigenous Tourism From The Margins To The Mainstream"
Identifies the essential elements of Indigenous tourism and their unique    benefits.
"Overcoming The Obstacles"
Looks at the historic development of Indigenous tourism in the PNG and in China and what may be learned from its journey in those Nations.
"Expanding The Scope Of Indigenous Tourism"
Reviews broader perspectives and new wave experiences and trends in Indigenous tourism.
"Taking Indigenous Tourism To The World"
The opportunities in working with local and global distribution channels.
"Product Matching In Today’s Markets"
Insights to current market place realities and opportunities
“Realising Our High Expectations Of Indigenous Tourism”
The past, present and some positive future scenarios.

The Closing Key Note Address is titled “The Role Of Indigenous Tourism In Shaping Our Future”.

• Establish the role of tourism in Indigenous advancement and cultural preservation
• Celebrate Indigenous tourism experiences as a vehicle for cultural understanding, tolerance and peace
• Establish the role of Indigenous participation in enriching tourism and differentiating destinations
• Learn from successful examples of ways to assist the development of Indigenous businesses and profitable tourism involvement
• Understanding and overcoming impediments to Indigenous tourism development
• Developing a way forward for Indigenous tourism advancement in the region

• Indigenous people and their representative organisations.
• Tourism operator s, industry and their representative bodies.
• Governments and government agencies.
• Multilateral and development agencies and Non Government Organisations.
• Universities and research bodies.

• 2 day conference, including plenary sessions with expert speakers from global regions.
• UNWTO and research presentations, working groups and networking opportunities.
• Pre and post conference touring opportunities in Australia's Northern Territory.


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