Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver, BC – Now, more than ever, international recognition of Indigenous experiences is a reason to celebrate! The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) congratulates Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Kwa’lilas Hotel and Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro for being recognized as Travelers’ Choice award winners by TripAdvisor, placing them within the top 10 percent of hospitality businesses around the globe.

On July 29th, TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 18th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards, highlighting the top airlines, attractions, beaches, destinations, hotels, restaurants and experiences around the world based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews collected last year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, TripAdvisor pulls together all the reviews, and ratings that travelers share from across the globe — and use that info to spotlight the very best.

“As Canadians look for experiences in their own backyards, they go to trusted sources for inspiration. TripAdvisor’s endorsement, as the world’s largest travel platform, is invaluable for our members. Being recognized at this level is so well deserved for all the hard work of the teams behind Kwa’lilas Hotel, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro and Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro. We are very proud to call them members,” says Keith Henry, ITAC’s President and CEO.

Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro is located on the traditional territory of the Kwakiutl people, near Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island. Relax, reflect and restore at the Cluxewe Resort where the Cluxewe River meets the Broughton Straight. The Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro serves up amazing food, friendly service and breathtaking ocean views.

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro is Vancouver’s only Indigenous owned and operated restaurant. Diners will experience the traditional ingredients that the chef’s Grandmothers and Grandfathers used before them and as they create authentic flavours for their wonderful and delicious modern dishes.

The Kwa’lilas Hotel is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl people and is a demonstration of the commitment of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations to share their history, culture and passion for their traditional territory in a meaningful and permanent way, by showcasing and celebrating it in a beautiful, comfortable space that is representative of the community. Kwa’lilas is a kwak’wala word used by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people meaning a place to sleep.