About the Symposium

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The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, together with the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, Koya Aboriginal Corporation, Pindi Pindi Ltd, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and Curtin University’s Tourism Research Cluster and School of Education invite you to Wangkiny Coolamon Research Gathering for International Indigenous Tourism to be held on 2 November 2020 in Perth, Western Australia, as a component of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2020 (WITS).

WITS 2020 theme Indigenous Earth Wisdom carries a promise of collaboration, fellowship and the sharing of strong commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous societies and sacred Mother Earth through tourism.

Wangkiny Coolaman Research Gathering brings together Indigenous community representatives and research sector practitioners with a mutual interest in fostering the rights of Indigenous peoples in tourism.

Wangkiny Coolamon will foster the rich sharing of experiences relating to challenges, innovations, opportunities, partnerships and practices most relevant to Indigenous tourism. This will include grass roots community presentations from the lived experiences and perceptions of Indigenous worldview and wellbeing and the conceptual and empirical insights from research practitioners in tourism. 

The leading theme for Wangkiny Coolaman is Koora Yey Kalyakoorl - Past, Present, Forever: Gathering, Hearing and Listening to the voices of Indigenous peoples.

This theme provides a framework for stimulating presentations and discussions on the learnings from Indigenous knowledge, the dual worlds of Indigenous and research knowledge, and their forward journey together in tourism.

The gathering will hear from keynote speakers, Indigenous community presenters and research study presenters which will provide insights into:

  • Indigenous Led Tourism Developments
  • Culturally Grounded Tourism Strategies
  • Collaborative Relationships in Indigenous Tourism
  • Equitable Partnerships in Indigenous tourism


Wangkiny Coolamon will culminate with the introduction of a Statement of Declarations and Recommendations on Research and Sustainable Indigenous Tourism, a pronouncement that outlines how Indigenous tourism research should be conducted responsibly, morally, ethically and in true partnership with Indigenous peoples. A panel of Community Tourism Leaders will respond to the Statement.

Question and Answer Session will be held throughout Wangkiny Coolamon for participation by all attending delegates.

The Key Outcomes from Wangkiny Coolamon will be presented to the WITS 2020 Plenary Conference.

Most notably the Statement of Declarations and Recommendations on Research and Sustainable Indigenous Tourism will be presented to the Plenary Conference for endorsement and subsequent distribution to interested stakeholders for their guidance and to the UNWTO for consideration as a supplementary Statement to the UNWTO Recommendations on the Sustainable Development of Indigenous Tourism.

The Indigenous Tourism Research Symposium - Wangkiny Coolamon is an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss if you have an interest in Indigenous community knowledge and research knowledge, and their forward journey together in tourism.