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Aboriginal Tourism Industry Showcased during CCTM in Charlottetown


(Mi’kmaq Territory – Charlottetown, PEI) Representatives of the former Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle, currently transitioning to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), attended the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers (CCTM) meeting this week in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture Honourable Maxime Bernier plus a number of Provincial and Territorial Government Minister’s and their Deputy Ministers. The CCTM included a number of presentations from the key stakeholders including the Canadian Tourism Commission and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada both who identified the challenges to competing in tourism when compared with other countries as well as supporting Aboriginal tourism.

New Canadian Tourism Award Announced to Celebrate Excellence in Aboriginal Cultural Tourism


OTTAWA, ON, September 5, 2014 – Today the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) are pleased to announce a new partnership to advance Aboriginal cultural tourism in Canada. Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, ITAC and TIAC will work collaboratively to produce industry research and recognize excellence in Aboriginal cultural tourism in through the creation of the 2014 National Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award which will be presented as part of the Canadian Tourism Awards Gala held at the Westin Hotel Ottawa on November 26th 2014.

National Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award


The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) in presenting a Canadian Tourism Award recognizing excellence in Aboriginal Tourism.

The 2014 National Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award will recognize an Aboriginal tourism business that has demonstrated a commitment to the development, promotion and delivery of an authentic, innovative and enriched Aboriginal cultural tourism visitor experience.   The recipient will have demonstrated a commitment to authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism as a key aspect of encouraging and promoting tourism growth in their region.

Federal Government Signs New Agreement with ATMC


(Ottawa, Ont.) – The Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle (ATMC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), through the Aboriginal Procurement and Business Development Directorate, signed a major agreement yesterday in Ottawa. ATMC Chairperson Keith Henry and AANDC Director General Nicole Ladouceur signed the first ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning Aboriginal Tourism.

Cruise Ship Opportunities

ATMC Launches the Cruise Ship Opportunity Online Portal


The Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle (ATMC) has launched a new online website tool designed to help Aboriginal entrepreneurs, bands and organizations explore opportunities to benefit from the growing cruise industry. Canada’s cruise industry is both successful and thriving, with growth predicted for 2014 and beyond. Canada’s three main regions with strong cruise ship presences include Pacific Coast & Alaska, Atlantic Canada and the Saint Lawrence. Other cruise regions include the Great Lakes and Arctic Canada. Canada’s cruise industry holds many opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs, bands and organizations located in coastal communities. These include land excursions, accommodation for pre / post cruise, sales of arts & crafts, and more.

RFP – National Aboriginal Tourism Research Project


Release Date: Friday, May 2nd, 2013
Closing Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 (Not later than 2:00pm Pacific Time)

The last major national Aboriginal tourism study was conducted in 2002 (National Study of the Aboriginal Tourism Industry in Canada by Bearing Point and Goss Gilroy). Therefore ATMC, through AtBC, is undertaking to update all aspects of Aboriginal Tourism in Canada. Some of the main areas examined in the 2002 national study that ATMC can potentially leverage include:

  • Profile of the industry and its economic impacts
  • Identification of tourism trends affecting the sector
  • Identification of issues and constraints facing the sector and individual businesses

Click here to download the ATMC RFP0002 in PDF format.

QAT Press Release

4th International Aboriginal Tourism Conference: Rendez-vous In Québec!


WENDAKE, QC, April 25, 2014 — The countdown has begun! In less than a year, Québec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) will host the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (on March 24-25, 2015).

This major conference will bring together 200 leaders, entrepreneurs and key players of the aboriginal tourism industry from Québec, Canada and other parts of the world like USA, Australia and New Zeleand. It will be a platform for sharing best practices and knowledge about aboriginal tourism, exchanging ideas, highlighting our rapidly growing industry and recognizing the achievements of aboriginal tourism enterprises in Canada and abroad.

Aboriginal Tourism National Voice Takes Next Steps


(Whistler, BC) – The Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle (ATMC) continued to make progress as the national Aboriginal cultural tourism industry voice this week. The majority of ATMC members, with members from all provinces and territories in Canada, met April 14th, 2014 this week and attended the International

Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) hosted in Whistler, British Columbia.

ATMC members continued to finalize and prepare the launch of a new national cruise ship strategy that includes a new website to assist Aboriginal communities and businesses to more effectively work with the cruise ship industry in the five major regions of Canada. The project is being finalized and will be made public by mid
May 2014.

Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle Launches New National Manual


(Vancouver, BC) – The Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle (ATMC) is a consortium of over twenty Aboriginal tourism industry organizations and government representatives from across Canada. ATMC was formed when a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2009, specifically to support a unified Aboriginal tourism industry voice. Through the MOU ATMC creates a partnership between associations, organizations, government departments and industry leaders from across Canada which supports a collective industry voice to ensure growth of Aboriginal tourism in Canada.