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PATA Report puts a focus on pressures in Asia Pacific Indigenous tourism

PATA Report puts a focus on pressures in Asia Pacific Indigenous tourism
July 14, 2015

A new report from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), developed in collaboration with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), is trying to focus the tourism industry’s attention on the various pressures and threats that many global Indigenous communities face in the increasingly interconnected world.

The newly released report Indigenous Tourism & Human Rights In Asia & the Pacific Region aims to support PATA’s increased engagement in the prevention of Indigenous rights’ infractions and violations through tourism development, and in the promotion of Indigenous people’s tourism that is respectful of their traditional and human rights while supporting sustainable development.

Building upon ideas set forth in the Larrakia Declaration, first signed in Darwin in 2012, the report aims to:

• Advance the discussion on issues relating to human rights and Indigenous tourism;
• Support and maintain Indigenous cultural integrity;
• Ensure equitable benefits are achieved from tourism for Indigenous people; and 
• Enhance the richness and vitality of tourist experiences for all involved. 

The Larrakia Declaration, endorsed by PATA, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and WINTA, is the tourism industry’s response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to empower the development of Indigenous tourism.

Introducing the report, PATA Chief Executive Mario Hardy explained “PATA continues to embrace the uniqueness and diversity of heritages, cultures, customs and natural beauty of the world’s diverse destinations through such activities as the PATA CEO Challenge 2015, the PATA Fourth Aligned Advocacy Dinner under the theme ‘the Dispersion of Tourists’, and the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015.

“Our partnership with WINTA for this report and our support to the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference from 12th to 14th September 2015, only highlights our dedication to this issue.”

The report was generously supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and WINTA, and compiled principally by Dr. Chris Bottrill of Capilano University and current Chairman of the PATA Human Capital Development Committee.

The Indigenous Tourism & Human Rights In Asia & the Pacific Region report is delivered free to PATA members and is priced at US$50 for chapter members and non-members. All proceeds from the sale of the report will go to the PATA Foundation's Nepal Earthquake Tourism Recovery Fund.

To order the report or any other PATA publication, please contact the PATA Publications Team at publications@PATA.org.

Top image courtesy of Lirrwi Tourism.

Click here to view details of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar. 

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11th February 2014 - UNWTO SECRETARY GENERAL TALEB RIFAI ADDRESSES 2014 CAUTHE CONFERENCE 

25th August 2013 - NEW ZEALAND MÄ€ORI TOURISM TO HOST PACIFIC ASIA INDIGENOUS TOURISM CONFERENCE 2014

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