Improving Cultural

Where are we now?

Today, Australian businesses are increasingly engaging with First Nations social causes. This has been driven by a greater awareness of the role businesses and institutions play, particularly for initiatives such as Closing the Gap and Reconciliation Australia. Therefore, as part of creating a more just, equitable and reconciled society in Australia, it is important that Australia institutions develop their cultural awareness and connection with First Nations peoples.

Institutions in the tourism sector can also engage with thought leaders at the local, national, and international levels to learn how to connect with and empower First Nations people in tourism and build on the rights described in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In 2012, the 191 delegates of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference, organised by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and held on the traditional lands of the Larrakia people, resolved to adopt a set of principles to guide the development of Indigenous Tourism, known as the Larrakia Declaration. The principles of the Declaration now underpin much of today’s Indigenous Tourism policy across the states and territories in Australia.