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Better practices needed for Travel Manitoba to achieve tourism goals

WINNIPEG – Travel Manitoba does not have adequate systems and practices in place to help achieve its tourism goals and objectives, says Auditor General Norm Ricard. These findings are contained in a new report, Management of Provincial Tourism, released today. “The tourism sector is a strong contributor to Manitoba’s economy,” said Ricard. “Travel Manitoba has […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202062 Views

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NB Government: New lodge and enhanced services for the winter season at Mount Carleton Provincial Park

SAINT-QUENTIN (GNB) – A new multi-functional lodge and a fuelling station for snowmobiles will enhance winter activities this season at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. “With its above average snowfall, breathtaking landscapes and world-class trails, New Brunswick offers many extraordinary winter experiences to residents and to visitors from around the world,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “A […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202044 Views

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NL Government: Growing the Big Game Business on the South Coast

January 16, 2020 The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today announced a Business Investment Loan of nearly $98,000 to Conne River Outfitting to assist with camp upgrades and development. Conne River Outfitting is an adventure tourism company offering moose, caribou and bear hunting packages. Provincial Government support for this business […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202037 Views

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Tourism VI follow new path to increase First Nations-related visits to Nanaimo – Nanaimo News NOW

NANAIMO – In an effort to advance reconciliation and tourism for local First Nations the island’s first Indigenous Tourism Specialist has been hired. VIU graduate Jolleen Dick is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and becomes the fourth person to take on this role in the province. She has been tasked with building networks […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202027 Views

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Jason Picard-Binet Joins ITAC as Sales Manager

January 7, 2020, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to welcome Jason Picard-Binet as Sales Manager, effective January 13, 2020. Picard-Binet is Wendat of the Huron-Wendat Nation and will be based out of Wendake First Nation in Quebec City. Picard-Binet will add exceptional expertise to ITAC’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202057 Views

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Inside the Cranbrook residential school that became a resort – Canada.com

January 8, 2020 Rolling your suitcase from the parking lot, up the staircase and into the grand, ivy-covered hotel you might race right by the simple stone monument in the garden, but once you spot it, you can’t take your eyes off the stoic children holding hands. The girl and boy stand tall, with bare […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202059 Views

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Teresa Ryder, ITAC’s Director of Business Development, Named to TIAC’s Board of Directors

January 7, 2020 Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – Today, Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), congratulates ITAC’s Teresa Ryder on her two-year appointment to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s (TIAC) Board of Directors. Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202044 Views

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NS Government: Province Sells Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

New private owners are planning significant upgrades to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa to create a year-round tourism destination. Besim Halef, Glenn Squires, both from Halifax and Bear River First Nation in Digby County have purchased the tourism landmark and will invest $6.9 million over five years in the property. Pacrim Hospitality Services […]

by ahnationtalk on December 19, 201961 Views

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ITAC at “Visit China, Where Culture Shines”

December 17, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) attended “Visit China, Where Culture Shines,” a presentation and gala dinner hosted by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China. The event was held at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on Friday, December 13. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2019117 Views

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ITAC partners with VIA Rail and Fresh Tracks Canada to develop a fully Indigenous-themed tour

December 17, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) partnered with VIA Rail and Fresh Tracks Canada to develop a unique, exclusive group tour travelling from Vancouver to Winnipeg. Journey of Discovery – Rails and Nations, is a one-of-a-kind tour designed to allow guests to gain a new […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2019114 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada paves the way for the development of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Tourism Strategy

December 10, 2019, Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories (Saskatoon, SK) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has retained the services of Left Coast Insights and Stormy Lake Consulting, a tourism consultancy partnership, to create Saskatchewan’s inaugural Indigenous Tourism Strategy which will support the development of Indigenous tourism business opportunities across the province. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201958 Views

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Teresa Ryder, ITAC’s Director of Business Development presenting at YFNCT’s Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference

December 3, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association is hosting the 3rd Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) this week, and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s Teresa Ryder presented on Setting the Stage: Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. AITC’s program also featured sessions for delegates to explore the growing opportunities […]

by ahnationtalk on December 4, 201983 Views

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ITAC senior team meets with the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs on Economic Development

December 3, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) was in Ottawa this week, meeting with the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee on Economic Development. The Chiefs Committee on Economic Development provides leadership and guidance on strategic economic development matters. “I was pleased to have my Director […]

by ahnationtalk on December 4, 201971 Views

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Government Of Saskatchewan And Wanuskewin Heritage Park Sign MOU

November 29, 2019 The Government of Saskatchewan is supporting Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s application to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site by providing access to additional lands with a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). “Good relations and developing partnerships are important to the Government of Saskatchewan,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “This parcel of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201982 Views

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Wikwemikong Tourism captures national award – Anishinabek News

WIIKWEMKOONG UNCEDED TERRITORY – As the Wikwemikong Tourism manager, Luke Wassegijig is usually doing his best to bring people into his community. Earlier this month, Wassegijig was notified that he had to travel to the country’s west coast to accept another award on behalf of Wikwemikong Tourism, a department of the Enaadmaagehjik (Wikwemikong Development Commission […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201950 Views

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University of Guelph honours ITAC’s Keith Henry in recognition of Indigenous tourism growth across Canada

November 26th, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) –Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Guelph, for his work at ITAC and commitment to the economic development of Indigenous tourism across Canada. “You have […]

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201954 Views

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Brady Smith Named ITAC’s New Chief Strategy Officer

November 26, 2019, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC)– Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to announce Brady Smith as ITAC’s new Chief Strategy Officer, starting December 2, 2019. Smith is a long-time Whistler resident and was recently the Executive Director of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre […]

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201963 Views

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Saskatchewan Wins At Canadian Tourism Awards

November 26, 2019 It was a proud night for Saskatchewan when a Canadian Tourism Award was presented to Wanuskewin Heritage Park at a gala celebration on November 20 in Ottawa. Wanuskewin Heritage Park received the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (ITAC) Indigenous Tourism Award.  Located on the northern edge of Saskatoon, the park has been […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201990 Views

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park Wins the 2019 National Indigenous Tourism Award

November 25, 2019, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has recognized the Wanuskewin Heritage Park as the winner of the 2019 ITAC Indigenous Tourism Award, presented by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). Currently undergoing a significant expansion and located in Saskatoon, SK, Wanuskewin Heritage Park works […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201962 Views

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park wins Canada’s Indigenous Tourism Award – CTV News

November 26, 2019 Wanuskewin Heritage Park has won the Indigenous Tourism Award. The park, located on the northern edge of Saskatoon, was honoured for successfully sharing Indigenous culture and traditions through tourism. “The accomplishments of this group reflect the innovative work that drives our province’s tourism industry, strengthen the visitor economy and make Saskatchewan a […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201987 Views

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International Indigenous Tourism Conference 2019 Sells Out to Become the Largest Indigenous Tourism Conference in the World

November 21, 2019, Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) — The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) wrapped up its eighth annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) last week, bringing together over 700 delegates and tourism industry leaders from across the globe. “This year’s IITC was the largest and most successful to date,” says Keith Henry […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 2019145 Views

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Ultra Trail Stokely Creek named Tourism Innovator of the Year – SooToday.com

First time Sault event recognized during Northern Ontario Tourism summit in Timmins Tourism operators, professionals and industry stakeholders celebrated a busy and prosperous season in a big way this week in Timmins, Ont. This past summer season of 2019 proved to be a great year in tourism for Canada, Ontario, and Northern Ontario. At an […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201986 Views

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Indigenous Quebec Wins Two IITC Awards!

Wendake, November 18, 2019 – As the representative and key interlocutor of our unique industry, Indigenous Tourism Quebec (ITQ) would like to congratulate two of its members who were honoured at the International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC). This recognition once again demonstrates that Indigenous tourism is an important differentiating factor of Quebec and Canada as […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201973 Views

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Summit sees ‘ground-breaking’ MOU signed in Timmins – Timmins Press

Agreement will help to fulfil growing market demand for Indigenous-themed tourism November 19, 2019 A “ground-breaking” agreement between two organizations was signed during the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit in Timmins which will see greater promotion and development of Indigenous-themed tourism. “Markets are demanding Indigenous tourism products and if you’re not involved with Indigenous tourism operators […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 2019122 Views

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The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Announces New Board Members

November 19, 2019, Traditional Territory of the Syilx Nation (Kelowna, BC) – Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to announce three changes to the ITAC Board of Directors, at this year’s Annual General Meeting, during the International Indigenous Tourism Conference. Kevin Eshkawkogan, formally the Vice-Chair, will […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201968 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Awards Gala – 2019 Winners Announced

November 18, 2019 The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) recognized organizations and Indigenous entrepreneurs for outstanding achievements in tourism, both local to BC and national. The award ceremony took place at the culmination of the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) on the traditional and unceded territory of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201961 Views

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BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee Congratulates Indigenous Tourism BC Signing Memorandum of Understanding with BC Government

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, BC – Nov. 14, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations’ Regional Chief Terry Teegee congratulates Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) and the BC provincial government for signing the Indigenous Tourism Accord today at the International Indigenous Conference in Kelowna. The new partnership will provide cultural and economic opportunities that will grow the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201975 Views

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Province commits to supporting Indigenous tourism growth in BC – Vernon Morning Star

The Indigenous Tourism Accord signed during conference in Kelowna Nov. 14, 2019 A new partnership between the provincial government and Indigenous Tourism BC will help create opportunities for people and tourism businesses in the province. The partnership was created during a tourism conference in Kelowna where Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare and […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201970 Views

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Strengthening supports to grow Indigenous tourism in B.C.

SYILX TERRITORY/KELOWNA – A new partnership between the B.C. government and Indigenous Tourism BC will help grow opportunities for people and tourism businesses around the province. “Indigenous tourism supports good jobs and economic development in communities across the province and provides opportunities for locals and visitors to learn about Indigenous culture and history,” said Lisa […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201978 Views

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Indigenous tourism conference in Kelowna promotes cultural experiences – Globalnews.ca

November 13, 2019 Indigenous tourism leaders from around the world have descended on Kelowna, B.C. for a two day tourism conference promoting authentic First Nations experiences. The eighth annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference is being hosted by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. President and CEO Keith Henry […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201971 Views

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WestJet announces $100,000 commitment to help grow Indigenous Tourism across Canada

KELOWNA, BC and SYILX TERRITORY, BC, Nov. 13, 2019  – (IITC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has significantly increased its wingspan after a $100,000, over three years, commitment with WestJet was announced today, during the International Indigenous Tourism Association Conference in Kelowna, Syilx Territory, BC (IITC). “From launching Indigenous itineraries with WestJet this summer […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201968 Views

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Survey finds Yukoners strongly support tourism

The results of the 2019 Yukon Resident Perceptions of Tourism Survey show that 94 per cent of Yukoners feel tourism is good for Yukon and 89 per cent feel tourism is good for their community. Measuring and monitoring resident perceptions of tourism was identified as one of the three goals in the Yukon Tourism Development […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201959 Views

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Let’s Talk Tourism, NWT: Engagement on Next Tourism Strategy Begins

Building on strong investments and tangible growth across the Northwest Territories (NWT) Tourism sector, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is now looking forward to the next five years of tourism development in the territory. The GNWT, led by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has begun public and stakeholder engagements on […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201985 Views

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Wikwemikong Cultural Festival wins provincial Indigenous tourism award – Manitoulin Expositor

November 8, 2019 COLLINGWOOD – The Wikwemikong Annual Cultural Festival received a prestigious Indigenous Tourism Award at the 2019 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. The best of the best in Ontario were celebrated at the annual Ontario tourism awards of excellence gala held October 30 in Collingwood. These awards recognize tourism industry successes by honouring […]

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201955 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Conference coming to Kelowna – Kelowna Capital News

Nov. 4, 2019 The 8th annual event will be occurring Nov. 12-14 at the Delta Grand in Kelowna Indigenous leaders and business owners will all be gathering in Kelowna on Nov. 12- 14 to discuss how to grow the Indigenous tourism economy across the country. The 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference will be held […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201951 Views

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BATC eyes development, growth of Indigenous tourism in region – battlefordsNOW

As interest in Indigenous tourism grows across Canada and around the globe, an agency in the Battlefords is looking to share the rich stories of the region. After securing funding from the federal government through the Western Diversification Canada Fund, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) is assessing the feasibility of tourism development and the impacts […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201967 Views

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Media Advisory: Alberta media invited to attend Travel Alberta Industry Conference – Monday, October 28 in Banff

CALGARY, Oct. 24, 2019 – Tourism is a cornerstone of the Alberta economy, generating revenue, creating jobs, supporting businesses, and building healthy communities. Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta will discuss what the industry needs to do differently to grow provincial tourism revenue to $20 billion by 2030. He will also announce a positive industry development […]

by ahnationtalk on October 24, 2019155 Views

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Indigenous software tester training program launches fourth class in Fredericton

Fredericton, NB (October 15, 2019) – PLATO Testing is proud to announce that the fourth PLATO training course to be offered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, launched today in collaboration with their partners, PQA Testing and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI). The class will train Indigenous students in software testing over the next six months. […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201994 Views

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QIA announces fees for tourism operators accessing Inuit-owned land – Nunatsiaq News

11 October, 2019 Fees come into effect immediately Commercial tourism operators now have to pay fees to access Inuit-owned land in the Qikiqtani region, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced during its annual general meeting in Iqaluit on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Qikiqtani region receives the most cruise ship visits of any region in Nunavut. Pond […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201993 Views

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Not just Mac the Moose: Sask. home to other ‘world’s largest’ landmarks – CTV News

October 9, 2019 REGINA — The province’s favourite moose, Mac, is set to reclaim his title at the world’s tallest moose when his new rack is unveiled on Thursday. Mac lost his claim to fame to a town in Norway in 2015. That town’s moose, Storelgen, was 30 centimetres taller than Mac. Earlier this year, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201978 Views

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QIA puts in place tourism operation fees for use of Inuit Owned Land

Iqaluit, Nunavut – October 9, 2019 – TheQikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has implemented tourism operation fees for access to Inuit Owned Lands by commercial tourism operators. “Inuit in Qikiqtani communities have expressed concern regarding the increased amount of commercial tourism activities in the region, particularly cruise ships,” says QIA President, P.J. Akeeagok, “QIA put in […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 2019211 Views

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Five Saskatchewan Finalists For Canadian Tourism Awards

October 8, 2019 Saskatchewan will be well-represented at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards on November 20 in Ottawa. Five finalists from the province were announced by The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) on October 1: Harvest Eatery (Shaunavon), Restaurants Canada and Diversey Culinary Tourism Award Over the Hill Orchards & Winery (Lumsden), Hilton Small […]

by ahnationtalk on October 8, 2019118 Views

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Québec Aboriginal Tourism’s Annual General Meeting

MORNING – TRAINING: STAFF RECRUITMENT & RETENTION Once again, this year, before its Annual general meeting, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism is offering a morning training session on a subject matter requested by its members. The training will be FOCUS Ressources humaines and will address the hot topic of staff recruitment and retention. In our sector, where […]

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201977 Views

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Yukon tourism governance model to now include an advisory body

The Government of Yukon has endorsed the recommendations from the Yukon Tourism Development Strategy Governance Task Force. The task force presented their report to government on August 29. In the report they make three recommendations: Enhance Yukon’s current tourism governance model by establishing an appointed body of tourism representatives to advise the Minister of Tourism […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201990 Views

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Slowing down time in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park – Canada.com

October 4, 2019 The stars are so plentiful and so bright in the night sky above Grasslands National Park that the Milky Way is casting a shadow. I lie on my back to count shooting stars and while I wait for the next streak of light, I mark the passage of time by watching the […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201963 Views

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Government of Canada invests in Western Canada tourism

Federal Tourism Strategy to create tourism jobs for the middle class in communities across the country September 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Western Economic Diversification Canada Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty, and unique experiences to the world. It also delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting […]

by pnationtalk on September 10, 201984 Views

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The Government of Canada announces funding to support tourism in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region

The Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre receives over $470,000 to promote tourism in rural and remote regions August 30, 2019 ‒ Val-d’Or, Quebec ─ Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) Tourism is an inclusive sector that helps showcase Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences around the world. It generates significant economic benefits across Canada and accounts […]

by pnationtalk on September 3, 201976 Views

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Boosting tourism and creating economic opportunities in Mattagami First Nation and surrounding areas

Government of Canada invests to accelerate growth and maximize tourism opportunities in Northern Ontario August 28, 2019 – Mattagami First Nation, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across […]

by pnationtalk on August 28, 2019114 Views

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Minister Mélanie Joly announces new investments for supporting tourism in Quebec

The Government of Canada awards nearly $800,000 to Québec Aboriginal Tourism and to the Sagamité Restaurant to help promote Quebec Indigenous tourism on the Canadian and international markets August 27, 2019 – Wendake, Quebec – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions The tourism sector is a major economic driver for our regions, especially here in Wendake and the […]

by pnationtalk on August 28, 201970 Views

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Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation to build new travel centre, water main

From: Indigenous Services Canada August 26, 2019 — Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, unceded traditional Mi’kmaq Territory, Nova Scotia — Indigenous Services Canada The Government of Canada is proud to support economic development opportunities and growth in Indigenous communities. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, visited Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation to congratulate the community on […]

by ahnationtalk on August 26, 2019108 Views

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