Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Perth to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in 2020

    19/04/2018 12:30 PM
    • Perth selected to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in April 2020
    • Expected to attract hundreds of interstate and international delegates to WA
    • Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA  

    Western Australia has been announced as the successful host of the third World Indigenous Tourism Summit in April 2020.


    Thanks to a successful bid by the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC), with support from the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) and the State Government through Tourism Western Australia, the summit is expected to attract hundreds of delegates from around Australia and the world. 


    The summit brings together indigenous tourism operators and world leaders to discuss economic, environmental, social and political advances and challenges in indigenous tourism. 


    It also provides a forum for indigenous people to share collective wisdom, knowledge and traditions handed down through generations.


    The biennial event has previously been held in Canada and New Zealand. The 2018 summit in New Zealand attracted about 250 delegates from around the world.


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "I would like to thank WAITOC and PCB on putting together a successful bid for Western Australia to host this global summit, which will shine a spotlight on Perth and the State's extraordinary Aboriginal tourism sector.


    "The event will not only promote our unique Aboriginal culture, but also give us insights into how others around the world support indigenous tourism.


    "Aboriginal tourism plays an important part of Tourism WA's Two-year Action Plan which will attract more visitors to Western Australia, encourage them to stay longer, disperse further into the regions and do more while they're here.


    "There is a strong opportunity to capitalise on the increasing interest in Aboriginal tourism, and the State Government, through Tourism WA and in partnership with WAITOC, is working on a number of initiatives to help further grow the sector in the State."


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