Not one, but two industry awards were won by Anangu Tours at the Northern Territory Brolga Awards on Saturday night.
Anangu Tours is an Aboriginal owned company that provides Aboriginal guided tours of Uluru.
They won both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Award and the Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award. It is the second year in a row that they have won the Indigenous category, and the third time in the last four years. However it is the first time they have won the Heritage and Culture category.
“All of the Anangu Tours staff were thrilled to win both categories”, said Manager, Andrea Martin. “Anangu and non-Anangu staff have worked hard for many years to establish a good commercial business that also reflects Aboriginal cultural values. We are delighted to received this acknowledgment from the tourism industry that we have succeeded”.
The awards were accepted by Reggie Uluru, a senior custodian of Uluru, who gave the acceptance speech in his own language Yankunytjara, and was translated into English by Operations Manager Darrin Kean.
The Heritage and Culture submission focused on the important role Anangu Tours has in providing alternative activities to the climbing of Uluru. Anangu (the Aboriginal people of Uluru) strongly prefer that visitors do not climb, and instead learn to appreciate the cultural significance of Uluru.
“The daily tours run by Anangu Tours give people an extraordinary insight into an ancient but living culture, and most clients decide for themselves not to climb after doing a tour with us” said Andrea Martin. “We get several letters a day from clients who say that our tours were the highlight of their trip to Australia.”
Anangu Tours runs half day tours at Uluru (Ayers Rock), every morning and every afternoon. Each tour is led by an Anangu (Aboriginal person from the area) in their own language, and is interpreted into English by an interpreter. Tours focus on “Tjukurpa” (Aboriginal creation law) and on traditional knowledge required for desert survival.
Brolga Tourism Award winners in 1997, 1998, 2000 and now 2001, and Australian Tourism Award winners in 2000, Anangu Tours cater for the FIT and groups/incentives markets with a range of Aboriginal designed and led tour products.…Read More
Since the Red Centre Dreaming Aboriginal dance performers from Alice Springs were seen by approx 4 billion television viewers in 200 countries around the world during the Sydney Olympics. They have been in demand to tour Europe and North America to promote Australia.
In September 2001 it is planned that the dancers will appear TOPRESA, one of the biggest travel shows in Europe followed by performances at travel trade events in Paris and Milano Italy.
A tour of North America is planned before December 2001 and Germany Scandinavia in March 2002.
If any international operators have product launches around this time and would like to have the dancers at such an event please
contact Colin Cowell – International Marketing Consultant
Red Centre Marketing Services -Alice Springs
BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PERFORMANCE
The Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre in Alice Springs is 100% aboriginal owned and operated, recruits and trains dance from all around Australia who perform both day and night shows 7 days a week here in Alice Springs.
Aboriginal culture is the oldest living continuos culture in the world. For over 40,000 years music, song, dance, storytelling and the playing of musical instruments such as the didgeridoo, has played a very important role in all aspects of Aboriginal life. (both sacred and non sacred)
Aboriginal cultural performances (known generically as corroborees) are dramatic representations, in mime and song, of the history of individual tribes or family groups. There were many non-secret rituals performed in the camps at night, before an enthusiastic audience of men, women and children. A group of adult men, seated around a small fire, would chant one or another of the ancient songs, while others, their bodies decorated with strange symbols would portray, in a series of spectacular dances, the legends of the Dreamtime .
Describing the dance performance the principle dancer Arthur Turtle Tamwoy said his music was coming from the heart, It was coming from the land, you will feel it, it is the sound of mother earth, who we pay respect to in each performance.
If you wish to learn more about Aboriginal art and culture please visit their “sacred site”…Read More
NEW PRODUCT RELEASE
FOUR DAY CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN TOUR
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE AND ULURU SAFARI
The Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre in Alice Springs has announced that its tour enterprise ABORIGINAL DESERT DISCOVERY TOURS in conjunction with ADVENTURE TOURS AUSTRALIA is introducing a new product to the international market place.
The product grew out of an international demand from visitors to Central Australia who wanted to meet with Aboriginal people and to share their culture an appropriate manner.
Before leaving Alice Springs visitors can now experience a full day educational Aboriginal and nature experience with an award winning (TO-DO world tourism award ITB 1999) Aboriginal owned and operated enterprise.
The tour incorporates an Aboriginal dance performance from Red Centre dreaming who toured Europe three times in the past twelve months and were featured in the Sydney Olympics television broadcasts to the billions of viewers world wide.
Paul Ah chee General Manager of ABORIGINAL DESERT DISCOVERY TOURS said his Southern Arrernte community was very excited about working together in joint ventures with other non Aboriginal tour operators such as Adventure Tours Australia and thanked Greg Zammit for his support of this exciting venture.
In early 2002 it is planned that the Aboriginal Cultural performers tour Germany and Scandinavia to promote the brochure/new product launch.
DETAILS OF THE NEW TOUR REFERENCE AR4
An educational Aboriginal cultural and environmental experience operated by the Pwerte Marnte Marnte Aboriginal Corporation a Southern Arrernte tribal group. Aboriginal guides will take you on brief bush walk to illustrate the relationship between Aboriginal people, the Dreamtime, land and art. The walk is approximately 1.5 km with a chance to spot kangaroos, lizards and birdlife It is a chance to throw Boomerangs, visit the living History Museum, and a traditional camp, learn about survival and bushtucker, weapons, utensils ,and musical instruments .You will also experience an Aboriginal dance and cultural presentation from dancers who will involve you in the experience teaching the “bird” dance and the opportunity to be photographed with the dancers. After this, you will travel to the Desert Park to see special habitats seeing a variety of flora and fauna, including many endangered species. (L)
The adventure begins today traveling through the James & Waterhouse Ranges to the Outback Camel Farm where many passengers will have their first opportunity to ride a camel (at own expense). We journey onto Uluru (Ayers Rock) viewing the ancient Hugh & Finke River systems, Mt Connor and the unique scenery along the way. After lunch at Yulara, we set out to explore the wonder of Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and hike the Valley of the Winds. We return to enjoy champagne whilst we watch the desert sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). After a hearty dinner at our permanent campsite, take the opportunity to view the brilliance of the outback sky then curl up for the night in our tents or if you prefer, under the millions of stars in an authentic Aussie bedroll (swag). (LD)
An early start is required for one of the highlights of the tour – the Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. The challenge of the optional Uluru climb is rewarded with an incredible view of the rock and the changing light on the desert. This spectacular experience is followed by a base walk, exploring its mysterious rock formations & Aboriginal Arts & Crafts. After lunch at Yulara, we depart for Kings Canyon for our overnight camp and delicious camp oven cooking. (BLD)
Climb and explore Kings Canyon and view the “Amphitheatre”, “The Lost City” , the picturesque “Garden of Eden” and the breathtaking North and South Walls. We then take time to relax and refresh in the cooling waterhole (summer only). After lunch we depart for Alice Springs to relive your experiences over the after tour meal. (BLD)
TOUR PRICE $ 530 + Park Entry Fee (inc GST) Dormitory
$ 560 + Park Entry Fee (inc GST) Motel twin/double
TOUR DEPARTS : Alice Springs Daily, Pick-up Day one, 8.00 am, Pick-up Day two, 06.20 am
NOTE : Tour includes one nights accommodation, two nights camping in permanent tents.
Itinerary can also be booked for drop off at Ayers Rock with advance notice but must start in Alice Springs.
MAXIMUM PEOPLE : 24…
ATC May 28th 2001
Australia must focus on the development of more Aboriginal tourism product to meet the growing demand from international visitors, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC),
Managing Director John Morse said today.
“Inquiries on Aboriginal tourism in ATC office overseas is growing exponentially and we need to develop this sector to ensure we can match the interest with suitable products.
“Australia needs to provide a greater depth and range of Aboriginal tourism product to meet the growing demand of international visitors who want to experience Indigenous culture during their holiday down under.
“International awareness and interest in Aboriginal tourism has increased following the Sydney Olympic Games with Aboriginal themes in the Opening and closing ceremonies and Cathy Freeman’s gold medal race receiving global media attention.
“Research indicates that between 85 to 95 per cent of international visitors to Australia wanted to experience Aboriginal tourism on subsequent visits to Australia.
Mr Morse said the ATC had formed an Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council (ATAC) to develop the Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Strategy to be implemented by the Commission.
“This strategy will ultimately facilitate the development of national standards and product Australia wide,” he said.
“It will help to raise the awareness of cultural issues and assist in the international marketing of Aboriginal tourism experiences. “The development of a business mentor program for Aboriginal tourism businesses as well as a criteria for Aboriginal images used in international marketing initiatives will also be addressed.”
The Council will bring together leaders in Aboriginal tourism with representation from all States and Territories.
Mr Morse said the number of Aboriginal tourism products at ATE this year had increased by 50 per cent, with new product exhibiting from New South Wales and the Northern Territory.…Read More
is distributed to over 3500 tourism operators and travel media worldwide to promote Australia’s Aboriginal cultural tourism industry through our new internet service and photo library.
It is exciting times for the Aboriginal tourism industry with a record “authentic” operators participating at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) at Brisbane in May 2001 achieving an increase in demand for tours through out Australia
With the positive images projected to the world throughout the 2000 Sydney Olympics overseas buyers are now recognising the important role that Aboriginal tourism has in the Australian product range.
With overseas operators now preparing 2002/2003 brochures we distributed hundreds of authorised Aboriginal image files on CD-Rom at ATE. If you did not receive a copy please contact us.
Over the past 6 months our ABORIGINAL TOUR OPERATORS website, as the new gateway to ‘authentic Aboriginal tourism product in Australia, has had fantastic support from both the international and national tourism industry.
If you want an authentic Aboriginal product / experience from any where in Australia this site can point you in the right direction with direct email and internet links.
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