Plan aims to de­velop Abo­rig­i­nal tourism

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Ngar­luma in­dige­nous tourism op­er­a­tor Clin­ton Walker has wel­comed the State Gov­ern­ment’s $4.6 mil­lion Abo­rig­i­nal Tourism De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram as an op­por­tu­nity to put Pil­bara tourism on the map.

Tourism Min­is­ter Kim Hames has an­nounced a part­ner­ship be­tween Tourism WA and the Western Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Tourism Op­er­a­tors Coun­cil to de­liver a pro­gram to sup­port a sus­tain­able Abo­rig­i­nal tourism sec­tor.

Dr Hames said the pro­gram would have a two-pronged ap­proach, of­fer­ing mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ser­vices.

“Mar­ket­ing will help lift aware­ness of Abo­rig­i­nal tourism ex­pe­ri­ences around the State, while about 20 busi­nesses will be se­lected by Tourism WA and WAITOC for prod­uct and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Un­der the pro­gram, busi­ness coaches will work with each op­er­a­tor to de­velop an ac­tion plan which will aim to move op­er­a­tors to­wards ex­port-ready sta­tus and sus­tain­abil­ity.

WAITOC chair­man Robert Tay­lor said the pro­gram would be the largest eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive man­aged by an Abo­rig­i­nal tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia.

“The Abo­rig­i­nal Tourism De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram will de­liver good eco­nomic out­comes for the State,” he said.

Pil­bara-based Ngur­rangga Tours di­rec­tor Clin­ton Walker said he hoped Pil­bara tourism op­er­a­tors would not be over­looked in the se­lec­tion process.

“This place de­serves world recog­ni­tion,” he said.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the pro­gram close at 4pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18.

EOI forms can be down­loaded from the WAITOC web­site at www.waitoc.com.

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