VERY EXCITING TIMES FOR ABORIGINAL TOURISM ACROSS WA THROUGH KEY CHANGES DRIVEN BY WAITOC
At its recent Annual General Meeting held in October 2015, WAITOC members unanimously agreed to adopt a new Constitution. A key change agreed by members allows all Aboriginal tourism businesses operating within the tourism sector in WA to automatically become Aboriginal Tourism Business (ATB) members of WAITOC. This exciting development means that, for the first time in its 12-year history, WAITOC's membership has now expanded to all 119 Aboriginal tourism businesses across WA.
New WAITOC Chair, Robert Taylor, commented that “WAITOC has always been inclusive and promotes Aboriginal tourism experiences, whether financial members or not, and is now delighted to showcase and support all 119 Aboriginal tourism experiences offered across WA. The new Constitution reflects this practice further as WAITOC has decided to introduce a class of membership whereby all Aboriginal persons, or entities of which at least 25% of its members are Aboriginal, currently operating a business within the tourism industry in WA are automatically admitted as an Aboriginal ATB to the Association. The changes that were recommended by the WAITOC Board to its membership further enhance WAITOC’s position as the peak not for profit association representing the WA Aboriginal tourism sector. ”
A further change approved by the WAITOC membership has also resulted in a reorganisation of the Board composition. In addition to having five board members representing each of the Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) and up to three board members from throughout the State, the members unanimously voted, again for the first time in WAITOC’s history, in favour of introducing up to two co-opted members. This ground-breaking departure means that these board members can come from a broad range of industry sectors and will be appointed to the WAITOC board based on the particular skills and experience they can bring to the organisation. The co-opted board members will contribute to the growth and development of WAITOC as it forges ahead in its mission to promote and develop Aboriginal tourism in WA.
Simon Haigh, CEO of WAITOC said that “The new Constitutional, Board and membership changes all reflect the culmination of 12 months of hard work within WAITOC to ensure that the Association is optimally placed to move forward with its product development work and upcoming corporate engagement strategy. 2014 has been a successful year for WAITOC with high praise received from the Federal Government for the WAITOC Workforce Development program and with the TQUAL funded Perth-South Aboriginal tourism product development program well under way and kicking new goals, with 15 existing and new businesses receiving invaluable assistance from WAITOC. It is an exciting time for Aboriginal tourism in WA and new programs being implemented in 2015. 2015 is going to be very exciting.”
More details on the changes adopted through the new Constitution are available by contacting the WAITOC office.
Mr Simon Haigh – CEO
+61 (0)419 921 946
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