Negative Effects Of Indigenous Tourism

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One of the most difficult tasks to overcome is governments and other multilateral agencies ability to support the empowerment of Indigenous people and the will to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples before undertaking decisions on public policy and programs designed to foster the development of Indigenous tourism (***ITG). With the history of the Australian government’s previous involvement in Indigenous affairs, there is a lack of trust, which goes both ways between the two (***). One example that shows the negative impacts of tourism brought about by government guidelines was that of Aboriginal land in Lake Condah, Victoria. It was found that the original owners did not gain economically from a tourist venture on their land, which they had leased to the Victorian Tourism Commission in 1990, nor do they have control over the venture (Altman and Finlayson 1992:6). While the lease terms could have specified some proportion of Aboriginal representation in a tourism policy decision making committee, there was no such agreement. This seems to be a reoccurring trend where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are rarely involved in tourism developmental issues (Clements and Rose 1996:62). Being that trust is one of the fundamental building blocks of a relationship, all protocols and guidelines must be followed to progress towards a harmonious and sustainably profitable rapport. One practice that seems to be gaining recognition amongst Indigenous communities and tour
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