Tuesday, 4 April 2017

New program a boost for Perth Aboriginal tourism experiences

The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) is launching a new program to foster the growth and expansion of authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences in Perth and its surrounding regions.

The $55,000 Aboriginal Tourism Development Program, which is jointly funded by Tourism Western Australia, City of Perth and WAITOC, was developed to create more choice and diversity for visitors seeking an opportunity to interact with the world’s oldest living culture.

Until now, support programs for Aboriginal tourism businesses in Perth have not been available, making this program the first of its kind.

Tourism WA’s Chief Executive Officer Gwyn Dolphin said 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 coming on board as a funding partner.”

The new Perth Aboriginal Tourism Development Program addresses a substantial supply and demand gap in Western Australia’s capital city and tourism arrivals hub.

Image: Walter McGuire, Go Cultural Tours, Perth

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