The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) held a press conference today announcing that the 3rd World Indigenous Tourism Summit will take place in Taiwan, with the forum scheduled on April 16 and April 17 in Kaohsiung City, followed by an around-the-island tour from April 18 to April 20, during which participants will have a unique opportunity to explore Taiwan’s landscapes and learn about Taiwan’s indigenous cultures and ecosystems. The press conference also debuted the key visual of the summit, TULU.
Minister Icyang‧Parod suggested that the key visual “TULU” symbolizes the similar pronunciation of the number 3 for 14 out of the 16 indigenous groups in Taiwan (see appendix). Many other Austronesian communities, like New Zealand, Guam, Tuvalu, and the Philippines, share this word as well. Hence, “TULU” is the symbol of the 3rd World Indigenous Tourism Summit. To further highlight the rich indigenous cultures in Taiwan, the key visual draws inspirations from the common color palette and diverse patterns of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples.
The first summit was hosted by New Zealand in 2018, and in that year, Taiwan was nominated to be the host of the third summit. The second summit was hosted by Australia in 2023, where Minister Icyang‧Parod of the Council of Indigenous Peoples led a delegation to attend the handover ceremony.
The 3rd summit is now open for registration, with an early bird discount for those who register by November 30. More details will be available on the official website. The five-day summit encompasses a variety of activities, through which the Council of Indigenous Peoples look forward to engage with indigenous peoples, government representatives, professionals and practitioners in the tourism sector worldwide in exploring how we can use indigenous traditional wisdom, culture, and creativity, with local insights and guided storytelling, to share the economic benefits that come with tourism and drive the sustainable development of indigenous tourism.
For more information, visit the following websites:
Ø 2024 World Indigenous Tourism Summit Official Website: http://www.wits2024.com.tw