Themed 'Entrepreneurship - from little things big things grow', AITC 2018 offers thought-provoking insights from tourism experts and industry leading organisations.  AITC is an annual event and in 2018 will be held at Mantra, Lorne on Victoria's Great Ocean Road region during the latter part of the year.

Previous Conferences have included an exciting line up of speakers presenting on the latest trends within the tourism industry, it promises to be an event not to be missed.

Aboriginal tourism is instrumental in helping to protect and preserve traditional culture. It also encourages communities to become economically viable by providing income and jobs. WAITOC is excited, once again, to have industry experts and leaders share their knowledge in relation to trends, technology and practical ‘hands-on’ advice.

Since the inaugural AITC event in 2004, the aim has been to stage the conference in a variety of regions around Australia to showcase the diversity of Aboriginal culture and celebrate the achievements made in the tourism industry. Previous venues have been Perth, Alice Springs, Broome, Townsville, Fremantle and Bunbury.

Hosted by WAITOC – Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, and supported by the State Government of Victoria and Outback Academy, the conference will table the opportunities and challenges within the industry through plenary sessions and presentations by industry leaders in the field.

Outback Academy’s Executive Director, Clare O’Kelly said ‘we are delighted to have orchestrated this important national conference for Victoria. Outback Academy is looking forward to working with young people across Australia to participate and showcase their skills in hospitality and tourism’.

Jamie Lowe, General Manager of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation commented, ‘This is a significant opportunity for Aboriginal tourism operators across the nation to share and promote their businesses while spending time at one of the most iconic tourism destinations in Australia – situated on the country of the Eastern Maar Peoples’. ‘We are excited to be part of this event and look forward to working with WAITOC, the Victorian State Government, Outback Academy and other partners to ensure guests on Eastern Maar country have an outstanding experience’.

Key Dates

Call for Papers
Now Open

Call for Papers close
29 June 2018

Reviews commence
6 July 2018

Reviews complete
20 July 2018

Authors notified
26 July 2018

Early Bird closes
12 September 2018

30 October – 2 November 2018

About the AITC 2018 logo - Martong Nhakateeyt (big thinking/ideas)

Adapted from an artwork by artist Vicki Couzens, the design is a contemporary interpretation of a symbol from the Lake Condah    Possum Skin Cloak and is derived from the entrepreneurial aquaculture engineered    landscape of our Country.

It represents the pathways taken to travel and meet for a gathering for trade and ceremony, karweeyn in our Gunditjmara language. The symbolism in these tracks or pathways is also about how as innovators and entrepreneurs Aboriginal people have been engaging in an active national economy and creating new ways of trade and entrepreneurial exchange from time immemorial.
© Vicki Couzens 2018