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AITC brings together Aboriginal tourism representatives, businesses and organisations AITC brings together Aboriginal tourism representatives, businesses and organisations

Conference to Promote Australia’s Aboriginal tourism industry

The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) has announced the ninth Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) will be held in Lorne, Victoria, Australia this November. The exact dates are due to be announced shortly.

Facilitated by premier Aboriginal advocacy body, WAITOC, 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 and include presentations by tourism industry leaders.

Since 2004, AITC has brought together Aboriginal tourism representatives, businesses and organisations from Australia and overseas. The conference is held every few years in a region outside Western Australia to showcase the diversity of Aboriginal culture, and celebrate achievements made within the tourism industry.

WAITOC’s aim is to educate and inform government and industry stakeholders on the needs of Aboriginal tourism businesses and their markets.

According to its website, WAITOC empowers its members to embrace their cultural identity, noting, “Access and engagement with these traditions is a key consideration for the development of a sustainable Aboriginal tourism industry in Australia.”