Issued: Friday, January 9
Deadline: Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 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 Rendez-vous Canada Partnership Program in May 2015.

ITAC created the Rendez-vous Canada Partnership Program initiative to increase participation from qualified Aboriginal tourism providers in the upcoming Rendez-vous Canada travel tradeshow being held May 26 – 29, 2015 at the Scotiabank Convention Center in Niagra Falls, Ontario.

Rendez-vous Canada is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace, led by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), connecting international tourism buyers with sellers of Canadian tourism experiences and products. The event reunites more than 1,500 international tourism professionals gathered over four days for a series of 12-minute appointments to promote and discover unique Canadian tourism experiences. RVC is an important industry-trade platform for Canadian and Aboriginal communities to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for tourism products and experiences.

There is a growing global demand for authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism, prompting ITAC to unveil the inaugural national Aboriginal tourism section on the tradeshow floor during RVC. This showcase is designed to feature authentic Aboriginal tourism experiences, while facilitating productive business connections with domestic and international buyers.

Aboriginal tourism businesses or Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Organizations must submit a letter of interest (two pages maximum) to provide information about their business or marketing organization in order to participate in the Rendez-vous Canada Partnership Program.

Please also include number of delegates (max. two delegates per business or organization), and address the letter by email or fax to:

Keith Henry – Chair
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada 707 – 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Phone: (604) 921-1070
Fax: (604) 921-1072

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM PST. ITAC will then review submissions and confirm successful applicants on or before January 26, 2015.

ITAC is working with RVC contractors to facilitate registration and associated registration costs. Successful applicants will be eligible for a subsidy for one delegate, which includes a shared booth space for appointments to attend the Rendez-vous Canada Partnership Program.

The total registration cost for one delegate and booth space is $500. This opportunity provides a savings of approximately $1,500. The registration fee of $500 will be immediately payable to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC), which currently serves as the administrative organization for ITAC. Please note: An additional delegate will cost $975. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

In order to qualify, Aboriginal tourism businesses or Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Organizations must meet the requirements in accordance with the criteria provided in Appendix A.

Space is limited.

Click here to download this Call for Applications and Appendix A – Selection Criteria in PDF format.