Tourism grants create Indigenous opportunities
The Australian Federal Government has announced the distribution of indigenous tourism grants, which will be used to develop Australia’s tourism offering and foster indigenous cultural awareness.
The grants will go towards developing the Yolngu Cultural Tourism Masterplan for Arnhem Land and to help fund the creation of an indigenous tourism experience at Dreamworld.
Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson announced the assignment of the grants at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, according to the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF chief executive John Lee said that Aboriginal culture is a unique selling point for Australian tourism and its immense potential has not yet been realised.
“The grants announced today will help with the development of unique experiences which will open indigenous culture up to a broader audience.”
Mr Lee highlighted the communal and economical benefits the additional funding for will provide.
“Having a masterplan will ensure there is a variety of authentic activities and experiences on offer, helping to reinforce the Yolngu's connections with their country and allowing them to build local, indigenous-owned tourism businesses,” he said.
“The grant allocated to Dreamworld will give visitors the chance to learn about different indigenous cultures through the interpretive experiences this attraction will deliver.”
According to Mr Lee, the development of indigenous experiences in city areas will provide international visitors access to cultural experiences without visiting regional areas.
“It will create interest in those cultures, giving audiences a taste of the ancient rituals which are central to Aboriginal cultures and encouraging future dispersal to regional areas for a truly immersive indigenous experience.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T