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Tarkine Tourism and Heritage Forum

The Tarkine National Coalition in partnership with the Tarkine Business Council will be hosting the Tarkine Tourism and Heritage Forum on 26-27th November 2009 at Tall Timbers Hotel in Smithton.

The Tarkine Tourism and Heritage forum is an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers who will present on the extraordinary opportunities to build a strong and sustainable tourism future for the Tarkine.

“ It is an opportunity to meet and network with like-minded tourism operators, associated industry partners and government representatives. Learn from the success stories and build new partnerships. We want participants to be inspired and reenergised!” said Tourism Project Officer, Scott Jordan.

“It will be two days where we set aside our disagreements, leave the politics at the door, and talk about how we make tourism work in this special place.”

To help explore this opportunity we have assembled a range of speakers from a wide range of specialist backgrounds:

Graeme Wood

Co-founder and Executive Director of online booking success wotif.com. An Australian tourism success story, wotif.com receives 3.4 million web hits and services 200,000 bookings per month in 45 countries. Graeme has won numerous awards in the fields of tourism and innovation.

Ken Boundy

Company Director and pat owner of Corinna Wilderness Experience and former Managing Director of the Tourism Australia, Ken brings a wealth of experience from the international and national perspective, as well as the direct hands on experience of establishing a distinctive Tarkine experience at Corinna.

Hank Horton

Owner operator of Jahadi Tours and former manager of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, Hank brings an crucial understanding of the significance of Aboriginal cultural heritage and the traditional ownership of this land.

Dr Claire Ellis

Claire is the Director of Infrastructure and Industry Development at Tourism Tasmania. Her career has seen her work both in Australia and internationally in tourism, as an operator, a consultant and as a lecturer in tourism at University of Tasmania.

Ian Waller

Tourism Manager at the Cradle Coast Authority, Ian has been instrumental in driving the Tarkine Tourism Development Strategy. Ian and his team have brought together a wide range of groups and developed an exciting blueprint for the Tarkine’s tourism future, as well as delivering on ground in signage, infrastructure and marketing.

Daniel Hannah

CEO of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, Daniel represents a wide range of tourism business around Tasmania, and is well placed to talk on the needs of small operators, through to the industry as a whole.

Dr Nic Haygarth

Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania School of History, Nic has a particular interest in the cultural heritage of Tasmania. Recently, Nic is the author of ‘A Peopled Frontier – the European Heritage of the Tarkine Area’. Nic’s current project is a biography of Waratah’s mining pioneer, James ‘Philosopher’ Smith.

And a panel discussion with some of the above speakers and representatives from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania on resourcing needs in the Tarkine

Registration forms for the forum can be downloaded from the Tarkine National Coalition’s website www.tarkine.org

The Tarkine Tourism and Heritage Forum has been sponsored by Burnie Airport Corporation and Tarkine Trails.
Tarkine National Coalition

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