Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism and hospitality is a key sector of the Australian economy and well suited to providing strong economic benefits for Indigenous Australians. It is labour intensive, creating opportunities for employment and training, and enables Indigenous employees to connect to and promote their culture.
The tourism and hospitality investment strategy focuses on offering Australian and international visitors the opportunity to engage with and experience Indigenous cultures and peoples in an ethical, authentic and dynamic context. After a review of the strategy in 2015, Cooee Traveller was established to assist with management and product development of the IBA portfolio, as well as other Indigenous tourism ventures.
Kakadu Crocodile Hotel,
Boasting the only four-star accommodation within Kakadu National Park, the Kakadu Crocodile Hotel at Jabiru is a joint venture between the Gagudju Association and IBA.
Cooinda Lodge, Cooinda,
Jim Jim, NT
The Cooinda Lodge, located in Kakadu National Park approximately three hours from Darwin, is a joint venture between the Gagudju Association and IBA. It has a variety of accommodation and revenue streams, including cruises on the Yellow Water Billabong, a journey through the region’s spectacular wetlands.
Adina Apartment Hotel and Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, Darwin, NT
Purchased in 2009 in partnership with Larrakia Development Corporation and the Toga Group, IBA subsequently bought LDC to enable them to pursue other investment opportunities.
Minjerribah Camping Pty Ltd, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
In October 2012, IBA and the Quandamooka People of North Stradbroke Island formed the Minjerribah Camping Partnership to operate Straddie Camping, leveraging a recent Native Title Determination.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Caravonica, QLD
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the largest employer of Indigenous Australians in North Queensland and has showcased the culture of the Djabugay rainforest people to more than three million visitors during the past 25 years.
Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges, SA.
The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association Inc and IBA bought the Wilpena Pound Resort in early 2012. It has gone from no local Indigenous employment to approximately 60 percent over the last five years.
Fitzroy River Lodge, Great Northern Highway, Fitzroy Crossing, WA
IBA and Leedal Pty Ltd, a local Indigenous organisation, purchased the lodge in partnership with industry experts. Situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River, Fitzroy River Lodge is located in the heart of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.