So it’s an extra special day for me to be finishing off the first of what will no doubt be many Action Plans that are going to guide the development of cultural tourism and Indigenous participation within the future Mt Coot-tha zipline project.
It is worth noting the unique approach taken by the awarded proponent Zipline Australia (ZA)….other Queensland tourism proponents and future tourism projects should take note:
- There were no requirements in the tender ZA responded to surrounding Indigenous themes or participation. Instead, ZA simply wanted to combine its strong Corporate Social Responsibility targets with the natural synergies between eco-tourism and cultural tourism.
- ZA are not simply looking for pats on the back…this added dimension to the zipline operation will generate more marketable products and experiences for tourists, and more revenue.
- They came to the right place In BlueSkyED to both develop the Indigenous themes for inclusion in their tender, and to take point on identifying and providing capacity building to a selected Indigenous operation that will develop and operate all the Indigenous elements within the zipline precinct.
- This is not just about employment opportunities within the zipline and Indigenous operation. This project will also result in a diverse Indigenous supply chain of goods and services supplying the precinct.
Exciting times ahead . Contact is always welcome from those interested in participating and supporting.