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On the first anniversary of the Larrakia Declaration which was announced on 30 March 2012, the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) has declared its support for the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) 2013.
The 7th AITC will take place in Alice Springs from 9 to 11 October 2013 and will focus on the theme of Strong Business; Strong Culture and the empowerment of Australian Indigenous people through tourism.
The decision taken by WINTA to support the AITC 2013 follows WINTA’s establishment on the eve of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC) 2012 in Darwin, on Larrakia Country.
Kimberley man and Inaugural WINTA Chairman, Mr Neville Poelina, said “the formation of WINTA by Indigenous tourism organisations from Australia, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand, the Sápmi Lands and the United States marked a major milestone in the development of international Indigenous tourism. The establishment of WINTA in 2012 enabled international Indigenous tourism leaders to make a significant contribution at the PAITC 2012 to the formulation of the Larrakia Declaration and principles for fostering the development of Indigenous tourism”.
Mr Poelina said “2013 is a busy year for international Indigenous tourism with conferences being held in Africa, Canada, and USA and in Australia. The AITC 2013 completes an important schedule of conferences for the WINTA international Indigenous tourism calendar”.
WINTA’s partnership with the Adventure Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) enabled a world Indigenous tourism forum to be convened in Lucerne Switzerland in October 2012. Planning is currently underway by WINTA to again collaborate with ATTA in the delivery of another international Indigenous tourism forum at the World Tourism Summit in Namibia later in October 2013.
Mr Poelina said “I am proud to be part of the international Indigenous movement that WINTA represents and am looking forward to coming together again with Indigenous tourism leaders from other countries at the AITC 2013 in Alice Springs in October 2013”.