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 the Syilx Nation (Kelowna, BC).
“This year it was so gratifying to see so many of our stakeholders nominate their peers across the country,” says Keith Henry, CEO and President of ITAC. “As we grow, we hope these awards serve as examples of best practices and we encourage our stakeholders to share and learn from each other.”
“Congratulations to all the winners tonight,” shared Brenda Baptiste, Chair of Indigenous Tourism BC. “Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in British Columbia, with Indigenous tourism businesses contributing $705 million each year to the Provincial economy. We are proud of our communities and stakeholders who have dedicated their time to bring Indigenous cultural experiences to life for visitors.”
About the awards
Each year, nominees must be majority Indigenous-owned and controlled and provide tourism experiences or tourism-related services.