The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is proud to sponsor this year’s Tour Operator Scholarship Program for the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit. We commend the ATTA for supporting us with a new focus on Indigenous tourism experiences and operators and we encourage ITAC members to apply for a Tour Operator Scholarship.

The Adventure Travel World Summit is a unique opportunity for tour operators to seek out professional development, inspiration and mentorship from a collaborative group of fellow adventure travel professionals from around the world.

Each year the ATTA offers scholarships to motivated operators who show a demonstrated potential for positive impact on local cultural, ecological or historical resources while showing a high level of professionalism and ethical business practices.

The deadline for applications is June 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm (PDT) or when 75 applications are received. Winners will be announced on July 12.

Three Tour Operator Applicants will receive:

  • A complimentary membership in the ATTA for one year ($600 USD value)
  • One ticket to the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit ($1,350 value)
  • One marketplace table for the 2017 Summit ($750 value)
  • $1,500 travel stipend for airfare to Salta, Argentina
  • 2017 Scholarship Recipient digital badge
  • Pair up with a Summit Buddy for tips and advice

This year, all entries will be reviewed by members of the ATTA staff and Advisory Board, as well as the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, and then voted upon to determine the winners based on:

  • Demonstrated need
  • A history of and potential for positive impact
  • Work related to indigenous tourism (Indigenous tourism refers to tourism activities in which Indigenous people are directly involved either through control of the business and/or by having their culture serve as the essence of the attraction. As such, Indigenous tourism is a distinct form of tourism bridging several other forms of tourism such as ecotourism, cultural tourism, pro-poor tourism, educational tourism, or even events and entertainment.)

Indigenous companies and experience providers owned or controlled by Indigenous people and/or communities will be given a higher priority in the scholarship selection, however it is not a requirement to apply.

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