TRC is passionate about working together with traditional custodians and communities in both urban and remote locations across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific. We recognise the quintessential value cultural immersion has for visitors to destinations, as well as the critical value cultural tourism affords local communities and remote townships economically, socially and culturally.
Our specialists use a participatory planning approach to sensitively and respectfully work together with local Indigenous people. This approach fosters trust and mutual understanding from both a tourism and cultural perspective. Local people own and set the priorities and parameters for tourism, decide what can and cannot be shared and decide upon the benefits they want to realise through tourism. We also work with Indigenous communities in national park and protected area planning and the development of joint management plans and partnership approaches.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for Indigenous tourism. Cultural obligations, responsibilities, protocols, values, traditions and levels of desired involvement will vary. Using an Indigenous Lens, we learn what local people desire from tourism and from their perspective, the things that visitors can see, do, learn and immerse in.
Grounds can also be set for how people might like to be involved in tourism. This includes:
- Passive — e.g. producing artwork for sale but not really interacting with visitors or tourism
- Engaged — employed by a tourism business or related service (casual, part-time, full-time)
- Leading — delivering cultural tourism (sole ownership, joint venture).
Indigenous tourism is also not necessarily a stand-alone. Indigenous or cultural
tourism is often at the core of a destinations offer, providing an opportunity for
local people to connect with traditions, food, practices, stories and way-of-life. This
could be connected to what we consider ‘mainstream tourism’ with Indigenous
stories, products and experiences enhancing attractions, sites, events, tourism
products and visitor interpretation.
TRC Tourism acknowledges the Indigenous peoples of the lands, waters and communities we work together with. We pay our respect to their cultures; and to their Elders – past, present and future.