Rottnest Island call for Aboriginal tourism operators

Rottnest Island call for Aboriginal tourism operators

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal people and businesses to provide tourism and cultural experiences for visitors to Wadjemup/Rottnest Island. Click here to find out more.

Expressions of Interest opened today and will close on Friday 7 December 2018. Support is available for new or emerging Aboriginal tourism operators wishing to express their interest, with all applications to be independently assessed by a panel of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal experts.

Executive Director Rottnest Island Authority Michelle Reynolds said Wadjemup/Rottnest Island is a significant place for the Whadjuk Noongar people, whose custodianship of the island has been continuous for thousands of years and is unique to Wadjemup and WA’s south west.

 “The Rottnest Island Authority is committed to celebrating and promoting the ancient and continuing connection Whadjuk Noongar people have with Wadjemup/Rottnest Island.

“This initiative will also assist RIA to meet growing interest from domestic and international visitors for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences. According to recent Tourism WA data, 78 per cent of visitors to Western Australia express an interest in an Aboriginal cultural experience.

“It is vital that visitors and locals are able to appreciate Rottnest’s amazing Aboriginal culture and history.”

“We hope to attract a variety of operators who will offer experiences that celebrate this unique part of WA’s culture. This is a great economic opportunity for Aboriginal people and will also provide great benefits for Rottnest Island and its visitors.”

Support is available from organisations such as WAITOC (WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council) to assist new and emerging Aboriginal tourism operators to develop their businesses and submit an Expression of Interest.

Information on how to apply for this Expression of Interest for Aboriginal Tourism and Cultural Experiences is available now at the Department of Biodiverity, Conservation and Attractions website.

This initiative is part of a broader plan by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to encourage authentic cultural experiences and meaningful collaborations with Aboriginal businesses in WA. It is expected that more Aboriginal tourism and cultural experience opportunities will soon be advertised by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority at Kings Park.

Information about ongoing opportunities to run Aboriginal cultural tourism enterprises in other Perth locations and in WA’s national parks is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Contact

Communications and Media Manager RIA, Ashleigh Telford, 0419 942 278