The International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) is an annual conference bringing together people interested and invested in creating and contributing towards the Indigenous tourism industry. In 2017 the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) co-hosted the 6th annual IATC in partnership with Tsuut’ina Nation, on Treaty 7 Territory in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Indigenous tourism operators and experts from around the world gathered for two days of sharing best practices, networking, breakout sessions, keynote presentations and local cultural experiences. The 2017 IATC was an annual tourism industry event for everyone that was not to be missed.
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada recognizes tourism businesses majority owned by Indigenous people or communities as Indigenous Tourism Experiences in Canada. These businesses can represent any part of the tourism economy, but must demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the community and territory they are in. There are more than 1,500 Indigenous-owned tourism businesses across Canada in all sectors.
Indigenous tourism is a growing area of economic development and reclamation for Indigenous business owners, communities and peoples. Through tourism, we tell the story of our communities and our history to visitors from around the world. Our communities are vibrant, young, urban and rural; modern and traditional.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism professionals, economic development staff, Indigenous government officials and leaders, and anyone interested in sustainable tourism development.
I thoroughly enjoyed the conferenced and left with many useful insights and much positivity 🙂
The highlight for me was hearing from owner-operators, folks who have started businesses and excelled in the tourism, heritage and cultural sectors.