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Indigenous tourism operators recognized at Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence


Yearly awards ceremony showcases the best in tourism from across the province

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is proud to announce that Indigenous tourism operators walked away with a number of awards at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Gil Carduner Marketing award and the Business of the Year award.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Calls for Urgent Federal Funding from Financial Relief Programs as Second Wave of Pandemic Shutters More Businesses


Without additional funding Indigenous tourism industry will crumble – warns ITAC

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – WIth the continued impacts of COVID-19 ravaging the global tourism Industry, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has put out an urgent call to the federal government for a new dedication of financial funding in the amount of $18.5M to support Indigenous tourism businesses or risk watching the industry irrevocably collapse.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Successfully Delivers Industry-saving Funding to Indigenous Tourism Businesses


678 tourism businesses have received grants from ITAC’s COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund since the onset of the pandemic

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – Last week, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) awarded the final phase of the COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund grants as part of their ongoing efforts to help Indigenous tourism operators recover and build resiliency from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Since the inception of the fund in March, ITAC has awarded 678 non-repayable contributions of up to $25,000 per applicant, totalling $16.21 million. These grants, which have reached a mix of export-, market- and visitor-ready Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada, were made possible with the support of the Federal Government via Indigenous Services Canada.

Insignia Marketing research confirms opportunity for Indigenous tourism to grab more market share due to COVID-19


COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – With the COVID pandemic shifting travel domestically in 2020 and more than likely also for 2021, Indigenous tourism businesses can significantly grow their local Canadian traveller base, according to a study by Insignia Marketing Research.

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) commissioned Insignia earlier this year to conduct a study aimed at understanding both the relevance and potential relevance of Indigenous tourism and cultural experiences within the domestic travel market. The survey’s findings show that COVID-19 disruption has created an unprecedented, industry-wide opportunity for Indigenous tourism and cultural experiences.

Final Round of Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund Announced


233 tourism businesses receive grants in Phase 6

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – This week, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) allocated the final round of COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund grants from the program. This round, Phase 6, will see 233 Indigenous tourism operators receive much needed financial support to help recover and build resiliency against the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the beleaguered industry. With grants of up to $25,000 per applicant, this phase represents $5.659M in non-repayable contributions awarded to a mix of export, market-and visitor-ready Indigenous businesses across Canada.

Additional Indigenous tourism businesses provided financial assistance in Phase 5 funding from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund


103 tourism companies receive contributions up to $25,000

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – With the support of the Federal Government of Canada’s $16 million stimulus grant fund, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is continuing to provide relief to many Indigenous tourism operators across the country with its COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada is very pleased with the Speech from the Throne


Strong commitment to Indigenous People and the tourism industry

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) applauds the strong support for Indigenous People and the tourism sector in the Speech from the Throne outlining the Federal Government’s priorities presented yesterday, September 23, 2020, by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.