The Role of Culture in Indigenous Tourism Management in Remote Australia

Benxiang Zeng, Rolf Gerritsen

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This paper analyses the downturn in Australian Indigenous tourism in recent years and discusses the role of culture in Indigenous tourism management. It argues that the attraction of Indigenous culture is a major driver of Indigenous tourism development and plays a key role in Indigenous tourism establishment and management. Case studies from Central Australia are used to develop some principles for management success. These suggest that many cultural components including kinship, eldership, land ownership and sociality and. partnership are important determinants in Indigenous tourism business management. Their combination with western/modem cultural components, such as organisational leadership, would benefit both Indigenous people and other stakeholders involved in the tourism industry, thereby fostering Indigenous tourism success and sustainability. It recommends that Indigenous tourism management policies should pay more attention to harnessing cultural differences and calls for a broader involvement in not only technical support but also preparation in securing "culturally ready" tourism management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference, Cultural Tourism
Subtitle of host publicationNew Possibilities Conference Proceedings
EditorsS Jung
Place of PublicationKorea
PublisherWorld Cultural Tourism Association
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-89-922250-05-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference (2012 13th) - Bangkok, Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 12 Oct 201214 Oct 2012
Conference number: 2012 (13th)


ConferenceInternational Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference (2012 13th)
Abbreviated titleJWCTC


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