WITS 2023 is being held from 13-16 March 2022 at the Crown Perth, Western Australia.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 2023 program.

The World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS 2023) will be an enriching experience where participants can impart and gain knowledge of the vital intersections among tourism, community and earth stewardship. Participants will learn more about the values that make Indigenous tourism special and unique…values of respect, generosity, hospitality and authentic earth wisdom.

WITS 2023 carries a promise of collaboration, fellowship and the sharing of strong commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous societies and sacred Mother Earth.

WITS 2023 Abstract Topics

  • How good practices are being implemented by tourism industry stakeholders when engaging with Indigenous communities in tourism.
  • How Indigenous leaders are providing advocacy for addressing climate and environmental issues through traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) sharing and cooperation.
  • How Indigenous people are delivering messages to the world calling for the larger society to develop close connections to the natural world, treating Pachamama/Mother Earth as the close relative that she is.
  • How Indigenous communities provide sustainable use options of lands and waters as practical alternatives to extractive uses, delivering messages of national benefits while meeting the aspirations of Indigenous communities and the larger society.
  • How the Tourism industry delivers and measures results in implementing the 2030 SDGs that are responsive to the needs & aspirations of Indigenous populations.
  • How Indigenous Tourism can contribute to reconciliation processes between governments and Indigenous populations, to achieve recognition of rights defined by UNDRIP as the foundation for transformative change.
  • How the Tourism industry is collaborating with Indigenous communities in the protection and conservation of lands and waters, along with cultural and natural heritage, while also producing benefits for both Indigenous populations and the wider society.
  • How the Tourism industry is working with Indigenous populations and other stakeholders to engage and build young people as the next generation of tourism business operators, and a skilled Indigenous tourism workforce for the future.
  • How governments and tourism stakeholders have supported the growth of Indigenous tourism programs, including product development and marketing, and how Indigenous tourism is positioned in government plans and strategies in the future.
  • How major cultural events can play a role in promoting and marketing Indigenous Tourism.
  • How ancient cultures are being renewed in the new digital age of technology



Please submit your abstract online no later than 11.59pm AWST on Friday 26th August 2022.
Abstracts may only be submitted online through Currinda and will not be accepted by fax, email or post.

Important: All authors accepted to deliver a presentation or bring a poster must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fees.

Please note: the submitting author (if different to the presenting author) will be the one linked to the abstract and will receive all relevant information via email. It is the submitting author’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that all emails to do with the abstract are passed onto the presenting author and any other relevant parties.


Authors will require a profile on Currinda in order to submit an abstract for consideration. This profile will then be used for registration for the conference.

  • When logging in to Currinda, you will be asked to create a profile (unless you already have a Currinda profile) and then, prompted to submit an abstract for the conference. You can submit multiple abstracts, one after the other, through your profile.
  • Whilst you can come back to your submission(s) at any time prior to the submission deadline, please ensure you proceed through the entire process to complete your submission. If you fail to do this, your abstract will not be reviewed.
  • You may select an oral, poster or both presentation options for your abstract. If your submission is accepted, the Scientific Committee will confirm which presentation option they consider best suited to your submitted paper.
  • You can log back into the system and edit your abstract submission at any time until 11.59pm (AWST) on Friday 26 August 2022. Simply log into your Currinda profile, select the abstract to amend and navigate through the top tabs to the section(s) you wish to edit.
  • An automatic acknowledgement email will be sent once your abstract submission is complete

Abstracts must:

  • Be typed straight into the text field in Currinda. It is recommended that authors have this text ready to copy and paste (ensuring that no formatting carries across).
  • Not exceed 250 words, excluding titles, authors and affiliations.
  • Show only one presenting author by ticking the appropriate box.
  • Include the first name, surname and affiliations of all authors separately.
  • Include a succinct overview of the intent and purpose of the presentation.
  • Not include any tables or figures.
  • Include a title that is less than 150 characters with spaces. Please ensure the title is written in sentence case, not all caps.
  • Include a biography of less than 150 words for the presenting author. This is not included in the abstract word count.


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For all enquiries, please contact:
WITS 2020 Professional Conference Organiser
Tel: + 61 08 6333 0533
or Email us

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