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 the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 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.
WINTA was founded to create and support an international network of indigenous individuals and groups dedicated to tourism development. WINTA is committed to cooperatively developing and implementing strategies for the advancement of indigenous tourism. The organization works within the tourism industry in ways that promote partnerships and heightened respect for indigenous wisdom, values and knowledge.
The creation of WINTA is the result of years of discussions by Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism leaders who share the same belief that a tourism industry based on universal Indigenous values provides the opportunity for improved global social, environmental and economic outcomes, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for all peoples.
The purpose of WINTA is to provide a forum for Indigenous peoples seeking to draw on and share their traditional experiences and universal Indigenous values, to address the need for balance and harmony both between different peoples and between people and the environment.
The objectives of WINTA are to provide a global network which;
Facilitates – The sharing of information and understanding between Indigenous peoples on the social, environmental and economic opportunities and issues arising from tourism developments globally.
Advocates – In support of Indigenous peoples wishing to develop responses to issues and opportunities arising from existing and proposed tourism developments and trends of global interest.
Networks – To enable Indigenous tourism leaders to participate in and contribute to international tourism forums
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