Building knowledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote tourism – Lessons from comparable tourism initiatives around the world

Building knowledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote tourism – Lessons from comparable tourism initiatives around the world Report

CRC-REP Working Paper

  • Author(s): Jacobsen, D. , Addinsall, C.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Ninti One Limited
  • Volume: CW011

Abstract: This report was developed as part of the CRC for Remote Economic Participation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Product Project. The report aims to build knowledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote tourism by reviewing and drawing insight from comparable tourism initiatives around the world. The report compiles an array of tourism initiatives from remote areas of the world that offer insight into what remote tourism issues Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may need to consider. This report is based on information from a range of sources that highlight remote tourism issues at many different levels of strategy and development; from the micro level of ensuring engagement with local service providers, to the broad level of collaboration strategies with diverse interest groups. The examples identify a wealth of remote tourism roles available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, demonstrating that remote tourism is complicated and requires determining which roles are appropriate and achievable. The report is divided into four sections covering some of the main remote area landscape settings, including: remote arid and semi-arid areas (deserts); remote rainforests; remote high altitude mountainous areas; and, remote cold and warm water islands. Each section discusses a collection of cases and other tourism initiatives by peoples indigenous to the respective remote landscape settings. Many cases illustrate the desires of people around the world that often includes preserving natural and cultural qualities while sharing remote areas through tourism. Summaries from each case identify issues that progressively build further insight into the challenges and strategies people from around the world have applied to remote tourism. A limitation of the report is that the review only provides a snapshot of remote tourism activity throughout the world. In doing so, however, the report covers diverse remote landscape settings and compiles information about tourism initiatives from a wide range of locations around the globe. Through this approach the report uncovers the gravity of challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples around the world involved in remote tourism. While presenting the strategies used in the various international contexts to contend with the challenges, the report suggests that local knowledge and insight cannot be underestimated as a major factor in developing successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism businesses.

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Jacobsen, D. , Addinsall, C., 2013, Building knowledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote tourism – Lessons from comparable tourism initiatives around the world, Volume:CW011, Report, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4601.

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