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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

5 February 2005

Tourists to benefit from an Indigenous "Welcome to Country"


A new Welcome to Country guide will give every traveller in Australia an opportunity to learn more about Australia's many Indigenous groups and cultures, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

"Aboriginal Tourism Australia is to be congratulated for developing a guide that helps tourists to share in the richness of Australia's Indigenous culture.

"The new guide highlights the strong cultural connection to the land and the stories of that land which is so characteristic of Australia's indigenous people, Senator Campbell said.

"I am delighted that the more than 5 million international visitors to Australia every year, as well as millions of domestic travellers, will have a greater opportunity to learn more about Australia's rich indigenous heritage.

"The guide also encourages visitors to be respectful and aware of their responsibilities as travellers.

"Promoting and sharing this message with travellers will give them a richer experience. It will also go some way to helping Indigenous groups protect their customs and privacy."

The guide Welcome to Country: Respecting Indigenous culture for travellers in Australia will be available through tourism operators, visitor centres and local governments. Copies are also available from Aboriginal Tourism Australia by contacting (03) 9654 3811.

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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