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This is not the time’: Heiltsuk Nation tells yachters they can’t visit during COVID-19 pandemic – CBC

First Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast monitoring access points and turning visitors away due to pandemic risk Apr 06, 2020 Despite daily exhortations from health-care officials to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and repeated pleas by remote communities to stay away, the Heiltsuk Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast says travellers in yachts and sailboats […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 202054 Views

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Keith Henry: Indigenous tourism industry needs immediate federal stimulus – Vancouver Sun

Do we want Canada to protect Indigenous tourism? This is the question that keeps me up every night since Canada has come to realize the dramatic impacts of COVID-19. We know the importance of the measures being taken to prevent the virus from spreading, especially throughout our vulnerable Indigenous communities across Canada. However, I worry […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202020 Views

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Indigenous tourism operator in NWT ends aurora season early – APTN News

March 31, 2020 Joe Bailey uses the slogan “50,000 years of experience” for his tourism business North Star Adventures which he runs in the N.W.T. He has proudly shares his Dene culture with thousands of visitors from around the world who come for his tours across the territory. But his once bustling downtown Yellowknife office […]

by ahnationtalk on April 1, 202023 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Launches Stimulus Fund In Response to COVID-19

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – March 27, 2020 – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, its shared singular focus for 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons. Because of this, ITAC has created the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, dedicated to addressing the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202023 Views

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YT Government: Government announces $1 million increase to tourism cooperative marketing fund

To help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Yukon’s tourism sector, the Government of Yukon has announced a one-time $1 million increase to its Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund (TCMF), bringing the total available funding to $1.7 million for the 2020–21 fiscal year. The scope of eligible applicants and eligible activities has also been […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202021 Views

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QAT – COVID-19: Important Information about the Indigenous Tourism Industry

The team of your sectoral tourism association is in daily contact with the Ministry of Tourism, the Alliance of the Quebec tourism industry and the public actors associated with the present situation to be informed of the actions, means and solutions implemented for our member companies throughout Indigenous Quebec. Following the recommendations of the Government […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202033 Views

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COVID 19 Indigenous Tourism Economic Impact Analysis for Ontario

As we collectively identify solutions to respond to an unprecedented event that will cause major issues within the broader tourism industry and economy; we at ITO know it will undoubtedly be catastrophic for the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario. Indigenous tourism is already a vulnerable and fragile sector. ITO is here to help the communal […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202026 Views

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ITBC COVID-19 Advisory – Updated March 16, 5pm

March 16, 2020 How ITBC supports the Indigenous tourism industry during COVID-19 COVID-19 is having a major impact on all our tourism partners.  ITBC alongside Destination BC, and all the other Destination Marketing Organizations in the province are in constant communication, sharing solutions on how best to support our Indigenous tourism Stakeholders during this uncertain […]

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 202037 Views

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Katrina Nokleby: Value of Tourism

Mr. Speaker, when we talk about the value of tourism in the Northwest Territories we often speak in terms of the dollars spent and the number of visitors tallied. In 2018-2019, the tourism industry showed record numbers in both of these categories, emphasizing once again that the approach to, and investments in, our Tourism 2020 […]

by ahnationtalk on March 11, 202032 Views

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Destination Northern Ontario and Indigenous Tourism Ontario take next steps in the strategy to promote Indigenous food tourism – TimminsToday

A guaranteed souvenir of any holiday or vacation is an authentic food experience. Learning about foods that are native or renowned to an area can be a real draw for tourists. In fact, over one-third of tourist spending worldwide is devoted to food. Recognizing the market potential for Indigenous cuisine, particularly with the international tourism […]

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 202058 Views

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B.C. communities to benefit from Indigenous tourism investments

March 5, 2020 VICTORIA – People who work in the Indigenous tourism sector and communities throughout B.C. will benefit from $4 million to create new opportunities for tourism development. “Indigenous tourism offers a unique experience that allows Indigenous communities to welcome people to their land and tell their stories the way they want them to […]

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 202035 Views

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Indigenous Tourism BC Launches Immersive Travel App

March 5, 2020, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC): This week Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) proudly announced the launch of the Indigenous BC mobile app, an interactive trip planning and educational resource that immerses travellers in the cultures, traditions and raw beauty of BC’s diverse Indigenous territories. Indigenous communities have shared their cultures, knowledge and languages through […]

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 202045 Views

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ITBC Appoints Tewanee Joseph as the Interim Chief Governance and Partnership Officer

March 2, 2020, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC): Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tewanee Joseph as intermin Chief Governance and Partnership Officer. In this role Joseph will work closely with the House of Tyee (Board of Directors) to guide governance and policy on matters related to governance within Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on March 4, 202036 Views

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Thunder Pride Association to accelerate growth of LGBTQ2S tourism in Northwestern Ontario

From: FedNor Local organization to expand festivals and experiences to maximize opportunities for municipalities, businesses and Indigenous communities with support from the Government of Canada March 3, 2020 – Thunder Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor Canada is built around shared values of diversity, equity, optimism and personal security. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 202048 Views

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Finalists Announced For Saskatchewan Tourism Awards Of Excellence

March 3, 2020 Tourism Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the names of 33 finalists and three Tourism Builders for this year’s Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence. Nearly 90 nominations were received in the 13 award categories, including marketing, service, business practices, Indigenous tourism, human resource development and other areas. The finalists and award recipients will […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 202050 Views

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City to Begin Recruiting Board of Directors for Tourism Mississauga

February 26, 2020 The City of Mississauga is getting ready to begin the process of recruiting for and establishing the Board of Directors for Tourism Mississauga. Previously, Council authorized staff to proceed with establishing a Municipal Services Corporation. The not-for-profit tourism entity – Tourism Mississauga was created as the destination marketing organization for Mississauga with […]

by ahnationtalk on February 28, 202053 Views

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Canada experiences third consecutive record-breaking year for tourism in 2019

Today, Destination Canada – Canada’s national marketing organization, recognized a third consecutive record-breaking year with 22.1 million travellers to Canada in 2019 according to Statistics Canada. Tourism plays a significant role in the national economy, generating an estimated $104.9 billion in tourism expenditures in 2019, supporting approximately 1 in 10 jobs in communities across Canada […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 202043 Views

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Developing the Indigenous Workforce – Join us at the Community Forums – Indigenous Tourism Association of BC

February 13, 2020 Open Doors for Indigenous People interested in Tourism Wed, Feb 19 – in Cranbrook at Ktunaxa Govt Building Gym Wed, Feb 26 – in Nanaimo at Coast Bastion Hotel Wed, Mar 11 – in Kelowna – TBD Wed, Apr 1 – in Chilliwack – TBD Wed, Apr 22 – in Williams Lake […]

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 202090 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Association of BC: Labour Market Research Project Sets Strategy to Strengthen Indigenous Employment and Training in Tourism Industry in BC

February 12, 2020 Coast Salish Territories: In November 2019, the BC Government announced funding for the Indigenous Tourism BC labour market project. This two-stage initiative will result in a new strategy setting the path to strengthen Indigenous tourism in British Columbia. Indigenous communities, Indigenous tourism businesses and those who support Indigenous employment in the tourism […]

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 202053 Views

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City provides grant to Snuneymuxw First Nation to assist Saysutshun ferry

February 6, 2020 Nanaimo’s City Council has approved and awarded Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) with grant funding to support SFN’s planning and management of Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park). Council has authorized a grant in the amount of $150,000 for the 2019 and 2020 operating years to support and enhance the Saysutshun Ferry Service. […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 202058 Views

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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, 2020102 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, 202078 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, 202070 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, 202059 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, 202095 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, 202088 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, 202074 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, 2019103 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, 2019163 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, 2019153 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, 201991 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, 2019124 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, 2019105 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, 2019128 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, 201971 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, 201975 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, 201988 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, 2019126 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, 201984 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, 2019124 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, 2019181 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, 2019105 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, 2019105 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, 2019149 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, 201998 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, 201984 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, 2019109 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, 201999 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, 2019121 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, 201998 Views

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