Indigenous Tourism Workshop

Review: Preparatory Workshop

21 June 2017

The SEQ Indigenous Tourism Initiative launched with a workshop held on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at the UQ Business School Executive Education Venue in Brisbane. The event proved an overwhelming success, attracting more than 50 participants, including representatives from Traditional Owner groups, tourism operators, government departments and research outlets. Presentations from the workshop can be viewed below.

Welcome to Country and Setting the Scene

David Hudson and Kevin Smith (QSNTS)


Introduction to Tourism

Lisa Ruhanen (UQ) and Dr Michelle Whitford (Griffith University)


The Business of Tourism

Lisa Ruhanen (UQ) and Dr Michelle Whitford (Griffith University)


The Mossman Story (Government Collaboration)

Emma Pethybridge (Indigenous Land Corporation) and Rachael Hodges (Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia)



The Dreamworld Corroboree Story (Government and Private Sector Collaboration)

Rory O'Connor (Yugambeh Museum)


The Role of an Association

Robert Taylor (WAITOC)


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Key Outcomes

The Tourism Workshop served as an informative conference to spread awareness and gauge interest among Traditional Owners for advancing the South-East Queensland Indigenous Tourism Initiative to the next step in its strategic future.

Traditional Owners eagerly participated in interactive sessions, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that Indigenous tourism might present, with a recurring theme of unification needed amont Traditional Owners to empower the Indigenous voice in tourism and accomplish greater outcomes for the broader community.

As a result, Traditional Owners collectively agreed on the direction of the initiative: to recruitment of Traditional Owners to the existing South-East Queensland Indigenous Tourism Initiative Coordinating Committee, in order to shape the development of an Indigenous Tourism Summit, to be held later in 2017.

Planning is now underway for the next meeting of the Expanded Coordinating Committee to determine the next steps for Traditional Owners and the initiative itself.