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Developing an Indigenous Tourism Policy in Australia (2012)

From the archives:
2012 Ecotourism Australia release

Ecotourism in Australia is strongly linked to this country’s ancient and diverse landscape, and its unique flora and fauna. This landscape is an artifact of the traditions, beliefs and land management practices of diverse groups of Australia’s indigenous peoples over tens of thousands of years. Whether they be remote, regional or urban communities, land and sea is intrinsically bound to indigenous peoples’ spirituality and physical being.

Ecotourism Australia Limited respects the diverse traditions and cultures of indigenous peoples, acknowledging the relationships that indigenous peoples have to the land, the sea and indeed all aspects of the environment. We strongly encourage tourism businesses to engage with relevant indigenous people and/or their representative bodies as appropriate to each individual case when developing activities and infrastructure.

EA Indigenous Tourism Policy

Key Links
https://ecotourismaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/ea-indigenoustourism-policy.pdf
Questions
  • What are the current Indigenous Tourism policies / programs in Australia?
  • What would owners of Indigenous and Aboriginal Tourism companies like locals and visitors to know?
  • What is the current status of Ecotourism Australia?
  • Should Indigenous be spelled with a capital “I”?
PDF
Ecotourism Australia Limited
Indigenous Tourism Policy
Ecotourism in Australia is strongly linked to this country’s ancient and diverse landscape
,
and its
unique flora and fauna.
T
his landscape
is an artefact of the
traditions,
beliefs
and
land m
anag
ement
practices
of
diverse groups of
Australia’s indigenous peoples
over tens of thousands of years.
Whether
they be
remote, regional or urban communities, land and sea
is intrinsically bound to
indigenous people
s
spirituality
and physical being
.
Eco
tourism Australia
Limited respects the
diverse
traditions and cultures of indigenous people
s,
acknowledging
the relationship
s
that indigenous peo
ple
s
have to
the
land
,
the
sea
and indeed all
aspects of the environment
.
We
strongly encourage
tourism busines
ses to
engage
with
relevant
i
ndigenous people
and
/or
their representative bodies
as appropriate
to
each individual case
when
developing
activities and
infrastructure
.
In
late
200
8, when Aboriginal Tourism Australia closed down,
Ecotourism Australia Limited
agreed to
take over the Respecting Our Culture Certification Pro
gram and incorporate it
s key principles into
our Eco Certification program.
This program recognizes that
tourism must
promote
the value of
quality
interpretation and
that it
involves different cultures, particularly
cultures indigenous to the
areas visited
.
All
tourism areas have significant cultural values
;
tourism
activities
should respect
,
embrace and present
the cultural
attributes
of area
s
visited.
The ROC component
s
of the
Eco
Certificat
ion program
are
intended to encourage
all
operators of
our C
ertified
Ecotourism products
to
enrich those products by engaging
respectfully and sensitively with indigenous people and their
cultures
wherever they operate.
Ecotourism Australia Limited
will
c
ontinue to
encourage
and promote the
exposure
of visitors
to
indigenous people
and their
cultures and
st
ories,
and to promote respect
for
and understanding
of
indigenous peoples
culture
s
, both traditional and contemporary. We will encourage
indigenous
ind
ividuals, organisations and businesses to develop tourism products
, and all
our
members to
develop
mutually beneficial
partnerships
with
indigenous people
in the Ecotourism industry
.
March 2012

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