The World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS) was held in Perth last week, marking the first time the event has ever been hosted in Australia.
More than 550 delegates, of which 15 per cent were from overseas, convened for the four-day program, which kicked off with a cultural evening on the Great Lawn at Crown Perth.
Hosted this year by the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators’ Council, one of the founding members of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, the theme of this year’s Summit was “Tourism and Indigenous Earth Wisdom: Weaving the Future that Benefits All”.
The concept for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit was developed by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance 11 years ago in Perth, with the inaugural summit held in Waitangi, New Zealand in 2018. The 2024 World Indigenous Summit will be held in Taiwan.
“Australia and its largest state, Western Australia, is home to the world’s oldest living culture, and has a diverse range of Aboriginal cultures across an equally diverse variety of landscapes, making WA certainly a fitting location for Australia’s first World Indigenous Tourism Summit,” said Tourism Minister Roger Cook.
“We know 80 per cent of visitors to our State seek an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience that is tied to the land and its people; where the visitor can experience spectacular landscapes while learning more about the oldest living culture on earth.”