The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to issue the following CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to qualified Aboriginal tourism businesses and Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Organizations to participate as sellers in the 2018 Rendezvous Canada Partnership Program.

The 2018 Rendezvous Canada Partnership Program is an initiative which aims to increase participation from qualified Aboriginal tourism providers at the upcoming Rendez-vous Canada travel tradeshow held May 13-16, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace, led by the Destination Canada (DC). RVC connects Canadian tourism business owners with international travel buyers from all over the world in a series of pre-scheduled appointments and networking events. RVC is largely considered to be the most important show for Canadian tourism businesses to attend to learn about and meet with the travel trade.

There is a growing global demand for authentic Indigenous tourism, which prompted ITAC to create the inaugural national Aboriginal tourism section on the RVC tradeshow floor in 2016. 22 Indigenous Tourism businesses took partin 2016, and 41 were included last year within the Aboriginal Canada floor space, many attending RVC for the first time. This showcase is designed to feature authentic Indigenous tourism experiences, while facilitating productive business connections with domestic and international buyers.

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