World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA)

Bringing Indigenous Wisdom, Values, and Authentic Experiences to the World
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WINTA was founded on the eve of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference, held in Darwin, Australia, where founders participated fully in the conference and contributed to “The Larrakia Declaration on the Development of Indigenous Tourism. (2012)”

The Larrakia Declaration makes the assertion that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides the foundation for advancement of global indigenous tourism. This important U.N. document, 20 years in the making, welcomes the fact that indigenous peoples are organizing for economic, political, social and political advances. It supports control by Indigenous peoples over developments affecting them and their lands, territories and resources.

The journey forward will continue as WINTA founders and key allies go forth with programs, events and initiatives to enhance and improve the contributions of indigenous peoples and perspectives to the international tourism industry and the traveling public. Many voices will be heard as WINTA reaches out and interacts with Indigenous populations, tourism industry representatives, State and regional government agencies, NGOs, multi-lateral agencies and strategic partners. The Founding members of the alliance include the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia, Canada; the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, United States; the Native Tourism Alliance, United States; Trans Himalayan Women for Environment and Livelihood Programme, Nepal; the New Zealand Maori Tourism Council, New Zealand; VisitSápmi, Sweden and Western Australian Tourism Operators Council Inc, Australia

WINTA seeks to create and support an international network of indigenous individuals and groups to:
1) cooperatively develop and implement strategies for the advancement of indigenous tourism; and
2) to further work cooperatively within the tourism industry in ways that promote partnerships and heightened respect for indigenous beliefs and practices.

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World Indigenous Tourism Forum

April 15-18, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland


April 3-4, 2013 - National Aboriginal Tourism Opportunities Conference - Osoyoos, BC, Canada
January 9, 2013 - WINTA sends Open Letter in Support of #IdleNoMore Canada
November 16-18, 2012 - WINTA leaders speak at the National Indigenous Ecotourism conference in Mexico
October 25, 2012 - UNWTO Executive Council supports Larrakia Declaration, Campeche, Mexico
October 19, 2012 - Highlights from the World Indigenous Tourism Forum, Lucerne, Switzerland
October 4, 2012 - Larrakia Declaration adopted by PATA
August 14, 2012 - WINTA partnership with ATTA
March 27, 2012 - WINTA founded at Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference in Darwin, Australia

Recent Events

October 9-11, 2013 - The 7th Biennial Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference - Alice Springs, Australia
The AITC 2013 will be focused by the principles of the Larrakia Declaration, and the theme ‘Strong Business; Strong Culture’ will also reinforces the conference focus on the empowerment of Australian indigenous people through tourism.
October 26-31, 2013 - Adventure Travel World Summit - Namibia
The first-ever ATWS to be held on the African continent, join tourism leaders from around the world to learn about 'the greatest wildlife recovery story' ever told. (ATWS)