The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) is an Indigenous-led global network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations who seek to give practical expression to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through tourism.

WINTA collaborates with Indigenous communities, tourism industry entities, states, and NGOs which have an interest in addressing the aspirations of Indigenous peoples seeking empowerment through tourism and producing mutually beneficial outcomes. In doing so, WINTA undertakes tourism policy research, organizes tourism conferences and workshops, and provides strategic destination consulting services.

WINTA is also the custodian of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference and is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the conference as an international opportunity for engagement and sharing by all peoples who have an interest in promoting, implementing and celebrating achievements in fostering Indigenous self-determination through participation in tourism consistent with the principles of the Larrakia Declaration and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things” the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals” and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery.

– Luther Standing Bear, Lakota

Indigenous Human Rights

The Unitied Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday, September 13, 2007 – after more than two decades in the making. Since then, the global consensus around the Declaration has been reaffirmed at several occasions, and it became the foundation for the development of the Larrakia Declaration on the Development of Indigenous Tourism.

What Needs To Be Done

In recognising that tourism provides the strongest driver to restore, protect and promote Indigenous cultures, it also has the potential to diminish and destroy those same cultures when improperly developed. The Larrakia Declaration (2012) sets out six principles to inspire equitabe partnerships between the tourism industry and indigenous peoples that support community empowerment and the well-being of the local economy, environment, and culture.

How It Can Be Done

The 2015 Indigenous Human Rights in Tourism report was a research initiative led by the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) in collaboration with WINTA, and is aimed at contributing to the practical implementation of the principles of the Larrakia Declaration. Included is a valuable checklist to facilitate a more enlightened approach to tourism development that strengthens Indigenous cultures, while at the same time contributing to community and economic growth.