The Role of Culture in Indigenous Tourism Management in Remote Australia

Benxiang Zeng, Rolf Gerritsen

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    Abstract

    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
    Pages470-487
    Number of pages18
    Volume1
    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)

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference (2012 13th)
    Abbreviated titleJWCTC
    CountryThailand
    CityBangkok
    Period12/10/1214/10/12

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    Zeng, B., & Gerritsen, R. (2012). The Role of Culture in Indigenous Tourism Management in Remote Australia. In S. Jung (Ed.), 13th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference, Cultural Tourism: New Possibilities Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 470-487). Korea: World Cultural Tourism Association.