About the International Indigenous Tourism Conference

The 2024 International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) will be hosted in the unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg Territory in Ottawa, Ontario, from February 26 to 28, 2024.

IITC brings people together in the spirit of learning and inspiration. As the largest Indigenous tourism conference in the world, IITC contributes greatly toward the advancement of the Indigenous tourism industry.

The 2024 conference theme, “Where Nations Meet,” symbolizes the convergence of diverse Indigenous nations, cultures, and perspectives, creating a place for dialogue, exchange, and collaboration for Indigenous tourism. “Where Nations Meet” is your invitation to experience Indigenous tourism in Ottawa.

When it comes to reconciliation, there is no road map to how we get there. But through tourism, the journey of reconciliation is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to walk together to learn about the culture, invite them in and start to move together in a different way.

Join us for three days of cultural tours, keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions to grow your business — whether you are in development or exploring markets for export, this is the conference for you.

Where Nations Meet  is your invitation to experience Indigenous tourism in Ottawa.

 

Why You Should Attend

Discover the vibrant world of Indigenous cultures and sustainable tourism at the 2024 International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC). Immerse yourself in a unique platform where traditional wisdom meets modern innovation, fostering a deeper understanding of its positive impact on travel experiences and reconciliation. Gain insights into best tourism practices, cultural preservation, and community empowerment, all while connecting with like-minded individuals and industry leaders.

Who Should Attend?

The 2024 IITC is tailored for Indigenous business owners, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and policymakers. Whether you’re a seasoned tourism expert, an Indigenous community member, or simply curious about authentic Indigenous tourism experiences, this conference offers a valuable opportunity to learn, network, and contribute to the growth of sustainable tourism.

Perks of Attending

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a diverse community of attendees, fostering collaborations and partnerships for impactful initiatives.
  • Expert Workshops and Events: Participate in interactive workshops, panels and events on topics ranging from partnering for Indigenous tourism, entrepreneurship, product development, growth strategies, mental health and more.
  • Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in Indigenous traditions, music, dance, and art, gaining an appreciation for cultural diversity.
  • Access to Resources: Gain access to a wealth of resources, research, and case studies, equipping you with actionable knowledge for responsible tourism endeavors.
    Inspirational Insights: Engage with indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts, learning firsthand about their cultural heritage and sustainable practices.

Need more reasons why you should be a part of #2024IITC?  Here are some quotes from last year’s delegates.

  • “My biggest highlight of the conference was seeing many Indigenous people come together and know how much pride they have to make sure we become number 1 in tourism. And how ITAC supports it “
  • “Tourism is increasingly classified as economic development, which was clear throughout the conference. Great to see and long overdue.”
  • “Learning how to market yourself and how to get others to want to do that experience and encourage others to do it too”
  • “Listening to Murray Sinclair, making so many valuable connections and the Taste of Turtle Island entire event- 10/10! “