The Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC) Board has applauded Tourism Minister Kim Hames’ appointment of Neville Poelina to the Tourism WA (Western Australia) Board of Commissioners for a two-year term.
WAITOC Vice Chairperson Darren Capewell said, “Mr. Poelina’s appointment comes at a time when the industry needs to use all of its strengths to leverage positioning within global markets, and indigenous tourism gives Australia and WA its added value and its unique proposition.”
“Mr. Poelina’s appointment will add a valuable indigenous expertise to the TWA Board and as a consequence will widen the board’s perspectives of the opportunities to leverage international positioning,” he said.
“WAITOC is excited by having an Aboriginal voice of Mr. Poelina’s caliber at the TWA Board table. His depth of knowledge and experience in both cultural and tourism worlds will add a new dimension to the TWA Board’s deliberations,” said Mr Capewell.
WAITOC sees the Minister’s appointment of Mr. Poelina as another indication that the government recognizes the importance of indigenous tourism to the forward development of the tourism industry in Australia.
Mr. Poelina operates his tourism business, Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures, from the Kimberley, which is the current stronghold for Aboriginal tourism in WA.