Tourism & Storytelling
Global Storytellers is a specialist indigenous tourism consulting company founded by Mike Tamaki, creator of award-winning cultural tourism experiences like Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, New Zealand and Spirits of the Red Sand in Brisbane, Australia. Our aim is to empower and enable indigenous tourism experiences to dream, plan and operate authentic tourism experiences founded in storytelling, opening travellers eyes to the history, beauty and vibrancy of the culture.
We then work with passionate, purposeful operators who want to shape a visitor’s experience of a destination through a deeper appreciation and understanding of local culture, landscapes, and people, achieved through interactive storytelling.
Global Storytellers offers turn-key curation of best practice indigenous tourism experiences by taking a holistic destination and experience management approach that includes planning, implementation, regular reviews, and assessment.
One of the areas that sets Global Storytellers apart as a specialist tourism consultant is the fact that we have ‘skin in the game’ through tried and true experiences successfully operating today. Not only can we review, plan, and interpret your vision on paper, providing you with all the necessary research and insights, but we also have years of experience in implementation and investment.
Having the desire to create experiences and trails is one thing but getting stakeholder engagement and project buy-in is another. Our wealth of experience in working with government organisations, local body councils, communities and commercial entities has given us the edge and is what will help drive your vision and project to the desired outcome.
Marketing & Distribution
Marketing & Distribution
After all the research and strategic planning comes marketing and distribution to consumers and trade. Best practice for tourism experiences is through the digital space. Today, more than 75% of travellers research or book travel online (Google Travel Trends 2020) and this number is increasing every year as generations shift and change.
Over the years, Global Storytellers has been involved in developing a more innovative approach in combining personal storytelling, real stories, and experiences with state-of-the art technology to offer the most innovative, interactive, and educational way to experience travel.
Spirits of the Red Sand
Voted No.1 Must Do Queensland Attraction, Spirits of the Red Sand shares 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture in a world-first platform for Australian Aboriginals to tell their stories in an immersive and interactive ways. By day, Welcome to Country is an invitation to discover ancient Aboriginal customs and rituals and by night, the award-winning Evening Experience takes you from Dreamtime to 1800’s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide.
Tamaki Maori Village
Tamaki Maori Village began as a dream to share Maori culture and has resulted in the most awarded cultural attraction in New Zealand. 1989 was the year it all began. Doug and Mike Tamaki forged a turning point for tourism in Rotorua and forever changed the way people from around the world experienced cultural storytelling. Two kiwi cowboys doing things a bit differently.
Everything about this original Maori hangi and concert was done the hard way. With no investment capital, it was all family on deck to deliver brochures, make bookings, perform in the shows and cook the hangi night after night. The moral of the story here is that we started with an idea, we wanted to showcase our culture and that’s about all we knew how to do and we did it with heart and soul. We believed in our dream and we just kept working at it.