WA Indigenous Tourism Story to be Retained

The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) and the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the historical paper and digital records of WAITOC archived and maintained by the State Library of Western Australia.

The MOU prefaces the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) 2011 themed Aboriginal Dreaming, Become part of the Journey through Tourism.  The MOU will ensure the records of the WAITOC journey will be preserved and made accessible to current and future generations.

WA remains the only State jurisdiction in Australia to have a dedicated Indigenous tourism industry association.

WAITOC CEO Johnny Edmonds said “WAITOC started as and remains a grass roots Indigenous owned and governed tourism industry organisation which has stood the test of time and is continuing to develop as an integral part of the tourism industry in WA”.

Mr Edmonds said “Internationally, WA’s approach to the organisational development of Indigenous tourism sits at the forefront of international best practise which seeks the empowerment of Indigenous tourism”.  The MOU with SLWA reinforces the continuing empowerment of Indigenous tourism in WA.

SLWA CEO Margaret Allen said “the signing of the MOU is a significant step for the future of the WAITOC records, and their preservation captures a significant part of the WA story.  Historians and researchers will be able to access this unique archive of the Indigenous Tourism Industry now and into the future”.

The State Library of Western Australia is located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. It preserves and provides access to Western Australia’s published heritage and original historical records.  The State Library also provides numerous online and e-resources, many of which are accessible from home using your public library membership or State Library card. To see what else the State Library has to offer you please check out the State Library’s web pages at http://slwa.wa.gov.au/

Contacts for Further Information:

Johnny Edmonds, CEO WAITOC, 0419 921 946

Doug George, Manager Public Programs, SLWA, 9427 3150, 0417 961 060

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