December 3, 2019, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver, BC – The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association is hosting the 3rd Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) this week, and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s Teresa Ryder presented on Setting the Stage: Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. 

AITC’s program also featured sessions for delegates to explore the growing opportunities in Indigenous tourism, address current barriers and challenges, and explore how to best advance Indigenous tourism in the Yukon.

As ITAC’s Director of Business Development, Ryder shared highlights of ITAC’s achievements in the past year including updates on key performance indicators, marketing initiatives and programs.

“YFNCT regional Indigenous tourism conferences are always full of inspiring entrepreneurs, dedicated to taking Indigenous tourism to a new level in their territory,” says Ryder. “It was an honour to spend a few days and share knowledge together.”

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) is a non-profit, stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting vibrant and sustainable arts/culture and tourism sectors.

About the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is the lead organization tasked with growing the Indigenous tourism industry across the country.  Inspired by a vision for a thriving Indigenous tourism economy sharing authentic, memorable and enriching experiences, ITAC develops relationships with other groups and regions with similar mandates. By uniting the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada, ITAC works to enable collective support, product development, promotion and marketing of authentic Indigenous cultural tourism businesses in a respectful protocol.  With Indigenous tourism outpacing Canadian tourism activity overall, and international demand for Indigenous experiences at an all-time high, ITAC recently updated its five-year plan. Additionally, ITAC just launched their Nations magazine, highlighting Indigenous people and experiences across the country. To book packages and experiences travellers may visit IndigenousCanada.Travel.

For more information on ITAC visit


 Media contacts:
Deirdre Campbell, Beattie Tartan
250-592-3838, 250-882-9199

Keith Henry, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
604-639-4408, 778-388-5013

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