Wildlife Tourism values and challenges:
Balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents
This will be Australia’s 5th national conference on wildlife tourism, combining the latest research on some very important issues and what has been learned from practical experience by long-term tourism guides, managers etc.
Venue: Launceston and Cradle Mountain,Tasmania. Visit some spectacular parts of our country, and see local wildlife(some found nowhere else) and forests, thus setting the scene for a variety of important discussions (and also providing highly enjoyable experiences between conference proceedings)..
Date: 28-31 October 2018
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Themes will include
- the needs of wildlife (both captive and wild: including how do we determine what really matters to the individual animal, and how can tourism operations best support conservation, how tourism helps and hinders wildlife trafficking)
- the needs, expectations and attitudes of tourists (and the effects of good interpretation in providing wonderful wildlife experience with minimal negative impact)
- the needs of tour operators (including large, small and micro- businesses, and from major tourism centres to far-flung regional areas)
- the needs of local residents (economic benefits to local businesses, facilities used by locals and tourists, human-wildlife conflicts, resident-tourist conflicts)
… and of course balancing all of these needs (for more detail on themes and sub themes visit Conference themes)
Please scroll down for further information.
Thanks to our supporters and sponsors:
Wildways, Araucaria Ecotours, Business Events Tasmania, Planeta.com, Moonlit Sanctuary, Coral Expeditions
Like to be a sponsor? Please visit our conference sponsor page
Information will progressively appear on the following pages:
- Keynote speakers
- Conference venues
- Accommodation options
- Conference themes (this page also includes relevant references for some background reading)
- Call for papers
- Registration (opening in early 2018)
- Sponsors and other supporters
Also see a conversation with Ron Mader (planeta.com) about the conference (recorded in October 2017): http://planeta.com/1710wta/
Who should attend?
- tour operators, tourism organisations
- national parks staff, other government
- academic researchers and students
- conservation managers, NGOs and anyone else with an interest in the topic
Exploring Tasmania and its wildlife
Tasmania is a diverse and very scenic Island, with rugged mountain scenery, many kinds of forests, magnificent bursts of wildlowers in the spring, and some wonderful wild coastlines, seals, penguins, wombats, echidnas and species found nowhere else in the wild such as the yellow wattlebird,forty-spotted pardalote, eastern quoll and of course the Tasmania devil.
Several WTA members are offering some great discounts to enable you to explore this very scenic and species-rich before and after the conference (details may change so please stay tuned). Please click here for wildlife tourism conference tours in Tasmania
Business Events Tourism, Wildways Tours, Planeta.com, Araucaria Ecotours, Moonlit Sanctuary. Coral Expeditions. See our sponsorship page for further details
Become a sponsor (even a small amount is very much appreciated)