Yet, while indigenous tourism operators feel Chinese tourists do not prioritise participation in their product while in Australia, industry bodies such as the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC
) (2013) make claims that there is growing demand for indigenous tourism experiences in Australia.
When you talk about indigenous tourism, you have to remember that Aboriginal people have been tour guides since long before Cook came here.' The speaker is Neville Poelina, chairman of the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC
) and a driving force for indigenous tourism in the Kimberley, the rugged, sparsely populated region in Western Australia's far north.