Indigenous Success Stories Dinner, Adelaide

Mark with the Tourism Australia team

Mark Olive was recently invited to Tourism Australia’s ‘Indigenous Success Stories’ dinner, as part of the Australian Tourism Exchange in Adelaide (June 2010). Mark played a special role as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and also designed the menu which was inspired by his signature indigenous fusions. His gourmet fare indulgently fed over 80 key industry guests and performers, each one receiving a personally signed copy of Mark’s ‘Outback Cafe’ cookbook.

‘Indigenous Tourism Dinner a Standout Success’
(Article and images from Tourism Australia)

The Indigenous Success Stories Dinner Event, held during Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) week, was attended by over 80 key industry people and received support from some of our most prominent Indigenous entertainers and celebrities.  At the event many of TA’s recently announced ‘Indigenous Tourism Champions’ networked with some of the world’s most influential international tour wholesalers.

Emma Donovan & Adrian Petlevanny entertain the crowd

Guests enjoyed tantalising treats dished up by renowned Chef, Mark ‘the Black’ Olive. Emma Donovan sang, sharing a deeply moving insight into Aboriginal culture with her rich soulful voice. Former Bangarra Dancer, Albert David showed his mesmerising dance moves, John Packham Kartinyeri from Tandanya played the didgeridoo, and Auntie Josie offered an engaging welcome to country.

TA’s Experiences Project Manager – Indigenous Tourism, Kristi O’Brien, organised the event and said “one highlight of the evening was the unveiling of some inspirational new film footage and photographic images from a recent photo shoot across Indigenous Australia.

John Packham Kartinyeri

The amazing imagery, shot by photographer James Fisher had a major impact, showing the quality and diversity of experiences of offer.”

Over half of the Indigenous tourism businesses who were represented at ATE are part of the Indigenous Tourism Champions Program (ITCP).  This intensive marketing, business development and mentoring program is funded by Indigenous Business Australia and Tourism Australia, with mentoring being delivered by Dhatom Tourism Consultants. The joint program was set up to ensure Indigenous owned tourism businesses continue to grow and meet the needs of the tourism industry and consumers.

The Indigenous Tourism Champions initiative, now in its second phase, will facilitate significant exposure for some of our most established Indigenous tourism products, and it is expected that this will enhance the saleability of the entire sector.

To learn more about the ATE click here.

To learn more about the Indigenous Tourism Champions, click here.