Indigenous tourism in Australia, a development tool? : a research report presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters Degree in Development Studies at Massey University
This research Report examines tourism and its potential role in the development of
Australia's Indigenous peoples, namely Aborigines and Torres Straight Islanders. It begins
by examining the current situation of the Indigenous people to establish that there is indeed a
need for development. This is followed by a general examination of both tourism and
development, and how the two might interact. The current state of Indigenous tourism,
particularly cultural tourism, in Australia is then explored, with an emphasis on the role of
Government and possible modes of Indigenous involvement. The next sections, which
constitute the main thrust of this Report, examine:
• barriers to Indigenous involvement in tourism,
• the negative impacts of tourism involvement
• the role of education and training in circumventing some of these problems
It is hoped that this document can provide a counterpoint to the predominantly positive
material which has been produced by the Australian Government and the tourism industry.
Finally, this Report seeks to place Indigenous tourism in the wider context of economic and
social developments, and changing Government policy.