“Balancing cultural integrity with the demands of the market is a key to success of (indigenous) tourism.”- Principles for Developing Indigenous Product (Tourism NSW)
‘Indigenous tourism’“Advance community agreement is vital over what can be culturally shared and what cannot and the basic visitor etiquettes that will be required.”Meaningful visitor descriptions?Despite the use of such terms by the tourism industry itself, visitors rarely describe themselves as 'cultural tourists' or 'wine tourists' or 'indigenous tourists'.* (Even 'eco' or nature tourists would not normally be a tag casually used by travelers fitting such a description.)And at worst, because there are really no such terms in popular use amongst visitors, the risk is that incautious use of these market descriptions by the tourism industry can potentially limit our understanding of 'who any such travelers really are' and 'how they are best reached and served'.If anything, visitors with a genuinely keen interest in nature and cultural tourism (including learning about indigenous cultures) are less likely to be one-dimensional in their behaviour or easily categorized in market terms. Instead - like the majority of tourists - they are usually hoping to enjoy a wider mix of interesting and beneficial experiences (including good food, activity, learning, relaxation and accommodation options) when they decide to travel for pleasure. *This is not to say that such segmentation efforts don't serve some of the practical market research needs of tourism - as the industry toils to achieve more effective planning as well as better targeted marketing outcomes.[...] INDIGENOUS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Community agreement is vital over what can be shared ..