The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council’s new charitable arm, Aboriginal Tourism Western Australia, established to secure philanthropic and Lotterywest partnerships, has sourced inaugural funding of $3.9 million over the next four years.
The historic four-year funding agreement, provided through the support of philanthropists and Lotterywest, will see Aboriginal Tourism Western Australia (ATWA) receive $975,000 a year over to develop new Aboriginal tourism initiatives in the state.
Working in close partnership with the WAITOC, ATWA will build business capacity, deliver mentoring, and support emerging Aboriginal businesses at the grassroots level.
Visitors to Western Australia consistently express enthusiasm for undertaking authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences when in the state. WAITOC said that the additional funding will go a long way in developing 60 businesses during the four-year period.