WITS 2020, being held from 6-9 April 2020 (including pre-conference workshops on the 6 April) at the Crown Towers Perth, Western Australia.

Abstracts are invited for the The topic areas invited for WITS 2020 include:

  • Examples of international good practice when engaging with Indigenous communities in tourism
  • How Tourism delivers and measures results in implementing the 2030 SDGs that are responsive to the needs & aspirations of Indigenous communities – including for addressing climate change, environmental, social, cultural and economic needs plus why accessible tourism needs to be at the heart of business development and visitor experiences.
  • How Tourism is embracing reconciliation processes, with traditional customary landowners to transform adventure tourism, and other experiences
  • How Tourism is collaborating with Indigenous communities in the protection and conservation of cultural and natural heritage while also producing social, cultural, environmental & economic benefits for both Indigenous communities and the wider communities
  • How Tourism is working with Indigenous Communities and other stakeholders to engage and build young people as the next generation of tourism business operators, and a tourism workforce for the future
  • How governments have supported the growth of Indigenous tourism product, including experience development and marketing, and how Indigenous tourism is positioned in government plans and strategies post 2020 to 2030?
  • How private industry and tourism stakeholders have worked with Indigenous communities to build, promote and market Indigenous Tourism product, including through supply chain and social procurement opportunities
  • How sports and other major events can play a role in promoting and marketing Indigenous Tourism
  • Do built form cultural places and spaces detract or encourage visitors to undertake authentic on country real-life experiences?  Do we need yet another Cultural Centre and if so, how can they be sustainable?
  • Tourism and Indigenous communities provide sustainable land use options as a practical alternative to extractive land uses on customary lands which deliver national benefits while meeting the aspirations of Indigenous communities.



Please submit your abstract online no later than 5pm AWST on Friday 13 December 2019
Abstracts may only be submitted online through Currinda and will not be accepted by fax, email or post. The WITS 2020 Professional Conference Organiser will notify all abstract submitters of acceptance via email by the end of December 2019.

Important: All authors accepted to deliver a presentation or bring a poster must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fees.

Please note: the submitting author (if different to the presenting author) will be the one linked to the abstract and will receive all relevant information via email. It is the submitting author’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that all emails to do with the abstract are passed onto the presenting author and any other relevant parties.


Authors will require a profile on Currinda in order to submit an abstract for consideration. This profile will then be used for registration for the conference.

  • When logging in to Currinda, you will be asked to create a profile (unless you already have a Currinda profile) and then, prompted to submit an abstract for the conference. You can submit multiple abstracts, one after the other, through your profile.
  • Whilst you can come back to your submission(s) at any time prior to the submission deadline, please ensure you proceed through the entire process to complete your submission. If you fail to do this, your abstract will not be reviewed.
  • You may select an oral, poster or both presentation options for your abstract. If your submission is accepted, the Scientific Committee will confirm which presentation option they consider best suited to your submitted paper.
  • You can log back into the system and edit your abstract submission at any time until 5pm (AWST) on Friday 13 December 2019. Simply log into your Currinda profile, select the abstract to amend and navigate through the top tabs to the section(s) you wish to edit.
  • An automatic acknowledgement email will be sent once your abstract submission is complete.

Abstracts must:

  • Be typed straight into the text field in Currinda. It is recommended that authors have this text ready to copy and paste (ensuring that no formatting carries across).
  • Not exceed 250 words, excluding titles, authors and affiliations.
  • Show only one presenting author by ticking the appropriate box.
  • Include the first name, surname and affiliations of all authors separately.
  • Include a succinct overview of the intent and purpose of the presentation.
  • Not include any tables or figures.
  • Include a title that is less than 150 characters with spaces. Please ensure the title is written in sentence case, not all caps.
  • Include a biography of less than 150 words for the presenting author. This is not included in the abstract word count.


For all enquiries, please contact:
WITS 2020 Professional Conference Organiser
Tel: + 61 2 9431 8600
or Email us

Register or Submit Your Paper