April 24, 2019 (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) – Travel Manitoba and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) unveiled the Manitoba Indigenous Tourism Strategy 2019-2022 today, signalling a commitment across the province to significantly grow the scope and diversity of Manitoba’s Indigenous tourism experiences.
The 2019 Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Summit is on May 7th to 9th in Moncton, New Brunswick. The very first Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Summit will bring together individuals, business owners, artists and crafters, community leaders, industry and government departments that are all interested to learn more about the Indigenous tourism movement across Canada.
A ground-breaking new Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Tourism Strategy is being led by Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) in partnership with Destination Northern Ontario and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and in close consultation with Indigenous stakeholders across Northern Ontario. The move reflects the partners’ belief that Ontario’s Indigenous tourism industry is an important voice that needsto be supported for Ontario to remain atthe forefront of Canada’sIndigenoustourism industry. The strategy development process is being led by Culinary Tourism Alliance.
In a recent article published by BBC StoryWorks, we learn about the picturesque heart of the Canadian Rockies — Jasper, Alberta. Jasper Tour Company owner, Joe Urie, speaks about his own connection to the beautiful resort town and how his company is leading tours that are informed by his Métis culture and the teachings of Indigenous peoples of Canada’s west coast.
This is good news for ITAC and our members. Tourism is now the 7th economic strategy for the Federal Government and having tourism finally recognized for its impact on economic development is important. Destination Canada has confirmed stable funding at $95.5 million with an additional $5 million invested in marketing domestic travel. The more Canadians experience Indigenous tourism across the country, the more ambassadors we will have for all of our marketing efforts.
March 18, 2019, Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, Alta) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) and the Government of Alberta have all signed a memorandum of understanding.
The memorandum will see ITAC, ITA and the Government of Alberta working to create new visitor-ready businesses while ensuring existing businesses grow into market-ready experiences.
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