July 14, 2022
Indigenous tour operators aim for Olympic gold
It’s still 10 years away, but the 2032 Brisbane Olympics are already serving as a catalyst for discussions on boosting indigenous tourism.
New Zealand Māori Tourism chair Dale Stephens has been in Australia this week as part of the bilateral meetings surrounding the visit by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and some of her ministers.
Among the groups he met was Queensland Indigenous Tourism, which is focused on how indigenous people there can be part of more than the opening and closing ceremonies.
“As part of that we’re in discussions about how we can design indigenous-based tour packages that are inclusive of first nations people, tangata whenua Māori in New Zealand, and how we can create a pathway to bring those tourists down to make the best of both tourism offerings,” Mr Stephens says.
New Zealand Māori Tourism is also partnering with Samoan and other Pacific tourism entities to see what joint opportunities can be created around Te Moananui a Kiwa.