World Indigenous Tourism Summit 6-9 April, Perth
The 10DP will support desert groups to attend the World Indigenous Tourism Summit in Perth. The summit, which was scheduled to take place from 6–9 April, is postponed until 2–5 November 2020 due to Covid-19.
The summit will be a great opportunity to:
- keep building the momentum around desert tourism
- support desert groups to learn from other Indigenous groups across the world about how they have developed and managed tourism
- connect with people in the tourism industry.
We will be holding a side meeting at the conference for desert groups as a way to continue to develop the story for tourism in the deserts and to identify projects, events and strategies that we can work on together.
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We are investigating different funding options and are speaking to potential funding bodies regarding support for managing and developing tourism in the deserts. We are aware that developing tourism requires specialist support and resourcing. In line with this our priorities for funding include:
- regional tourism project officers that can provide direct practical support to Indigenous groups to develop tourism initiatives
- supporting exchanges and learning from successful Indigenous tourism businesses
- infrastructure such as signage, campsites and water points
- regional on-country meeting to enable groups to get together and discuss tourism and develop projects that manage or develop tourism
- supporting groups to develop regional projects such as loops, trails or permit systems
- supporting groups to attend conferences, tourism industry workshop and get the training they need
The 10 DP will be contacting with groups who manage permit systems to see if they are interested in participating in a research project to better understand visitor experiences of the desert. The research questions will be developed with participating groups, but at this stage we are looking at research to:
- better understand what visitors’ value and expect when visiting the desert
- what they would like to do more of
- what they would be prepared to pay for.
This information will help groups better connect with visitor expectations, help groups to manage or grow their permit systems and provide insight and direction to other desert groups wanting to set up permit systems.
We are commencing the design for a regional desert tourism portal (website). It will provide a centralised access point for people wanting to visit the desert and provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for visitors to gain access to Indigenous groups’ permit systems. The portal will include lots of photos, films and stories by traditional owners in order to communicate to visitors the rich Indigenous cultures and history of the deserts and promote visitor respect for Indigenous cultural values in the deserts.
The deserts are huge, so we will build the portal in stages commencing with the north-west of WA. This will help us build the portal properly based around traditional owner (TO) priorities and to test and refine it as we go. Once we have something up and running, we will speak to other desert groups to see if they are interested in extending the portal into their regions. This will involve working with TO groups, and with appropriate permission, collecting information, stories, photos and films for the region to communicate to visitors.