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National Aboriginal Tourism Showcase Program: Call for Applications

Issued: Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Deadline: Thursday, August 25th, 2016 – 4:00 PM PST

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 National Aboriginal Tourism Showcase Program in China October 17th – 21st, 2016.

ITAC Presents at Federal Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Forum

June 17th, 2016 (Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Ont.) – On Monday, June 13, 2016, for the first time in years, the Federal Government led a process on economic development with their Provincial and Territorial counterparts. At the broad political table, led by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, was Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s CEO, Keith Henry, who presented on the future of Aboriginal tourism in Canada.

ITAC Vice Chair Recognized for Achievements in the Aboriginal Tourism Industry

ITAC board member Trina Mather Simard of Aboriginal Experience in Ottawa has been recognized by Tourism HR Canada for her dedication and expertise in Aboriginal tourism employment and training.

ITAC acknowledges and congratulates Trina with this latest award and thanks Tourism HR Canada for their support of the Aboriginal tourism industry in Canada.

Below is Tourism HR Canada’s press release on the award presentation.

ITAC Releases 2015-2016 Year End Report

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to release the year-end report summary of investments and activities from April 1st, 2015 – March 31st, 2016. The report demonstrates ATAC’s significant achievements on behalf of the Aboriginal tourism industry throughout Canada and sets a vision for the coming years, with the completion of the new ITAC Five Year plan entitled ‘The Path Forward’.

Click here to download the year-end report in PDF format.

Power of Aboriginal Tourism Featured at RVC in Montreal

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 (Mohawk Territory, Montreal, Que.) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) launched the “Power of Aboriginal Tourism” campaign during the Aboriginal showcase yesterday held during Rendez Vous Canada (RVC) in Montreal, Quebec. RVC is an annual tourism industry event in Canada that brings together hundreds of travel industry partners from many countries seeking to build new business relationships to market, promote and sell tourism in Canada. Destination Canada and ITAC continued partnership marketing work this week by supporting the second National Aboriginal Tourism Showcase in the trade show as well as a lunchtime Aboriginal showcase building on the “Power of Aboriginal Tourism”. The lunchtime showcase was a major success during RVC and ITAC showcased a collection of Aboriginal cultural tourism demonstrations featuring the Cree of Quebec, Inuit of Nunavik in Northern Quebec and the Wendake.

Aboriginal Showcase Success at Canada’s Media Marketplace

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 (San Francisco, CA) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is celebrating the successful Aboriginal showcase this week held during Canada’s Media Marketplace (CMM) in San Francisco by Destination Canada. CMM is an annual event organized by Destination Canada that brings together over 100 travel writers from throughout the United States.  Destination Canada is increasing marketing efforts in the United States.  Destination Canada and ITAC completed tactical marketing this week building on the Memorandum of Understanding commitments signed between the organizations in December 2015, in part, to increase travel media awareness about Aboriginal tourism in Canada.  This latest work included increased ITAC brand presence, ITAC meeting key travel media representatives, and showcasing Aboriginal culture from throughout Canada during the closing CMM evening of Tuesday, April 19th.

ITAC Promotes New Five-year Plan In PEI

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is promoting their new five-year strategic plan, which aims to build Aboriginal tourism across the country.  A Mi’kmaq-inspired feast served at the Culinary Institute on PEI, on Monday April 4th, helped to start the conversation on expanding Aboriginal tourism on the island. ITAC hopes to see 50 new Aboriginal tourism operators established by 2021.

Tourism HR Canada and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Announce Partnership

OTTAWA, March 30, 2016 – Tourism HR Canada and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada are pleased to announce a new formal working relationship that will see the two organizations cooperate on working towards common goals. This agreement will focus on addressing labour and skills shortages in the tourism sector and increasing workforce participation by Aboriginal people in the Canadian tourism sector.