Cultural tourism is becoming a major industry for a number of countries around the world. From New Zealand to South Africa, cultural groups are using their unique social characteristics to attract visitors and capitalise on tourist expenditure.
Cultural tourism is an excellent opportunity to showcase indigenous communities in the Far North.
With the Far North's mature and growing tourist industry, could there be a place for cultural tourism? How have two University of Queensland students made this a possibility and why should you involve Cairns lawyers?
Start-up showcasing indigenous culture
Two University of Queensland (UQ) alumni have started a social enterprise that brings tourists up close and personal with indigenous communities throughout the state.
Tourism offers indigenous communities a platform to share their traditions, rituals and other cultural characteristics through sustainable tourism. Speaking to UQ, Co-Founder Anastasios Pogiatzis said the enterprise aims to break down social barriers and offer tourists meaningful experiences of what it is to be indigenous in Australia.
"I love connecting people from different backgrounds, spreading the word about the world's oldest communities and fostering mutual respect and understanding," he said.
Cairns' very own James Cook University offers a number of qualifications that can help people set up culture-based initiative. The Far North has a number of culture-based projects aimed at boosting tourism in the area. Take for instance Townsville's Cultural Festival, which offers both tourists and locals alike a number of cultural experiences.
Cultural tourism has been a success in a number of countries around the world. For example, the Zulu, an ethnic group residing in South Africa, have a number of attractions based on the group's culture. New Zealand's Maori also capitalise on their unique culture by starting a number of traditional villages that offer authentic experiences to tourists.
What does it take?
Cultural tourism may offer enterprising and entrepreneurial types a place to build a business. But, there are a number of elements that must be taken care of first.
For one, community groups and business owners must have premises to work from. Property acquisitions can be complex, which is why you will need a conveyancing lawyer to help guide you through the legislative framework.
Alongside real estate, starting a tourism business can be costly, with a number of overheads and financial agreements to sort out. Looking after your business finance agreements is an essential activity, especially in today's volatile market. With the help of qualified and experienced Cairns lawyers, you can access some of the finest financial and legal advice tailored to your organisational structure.
If you would like to know more about the tourism industry, or the services we offer, contact an representative of Williams Graham Carman Lawyers today.