International Aboriginal Tourism Conference

Whistler  |  April 15th - 16th 2014

At the beautiful Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre & Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia

Each year the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) is co-hosted by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) and the Aboriginal Marketplace Events Management team. The 2014 IATC will be hosted at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, British Columbia Canada from April 15th 16th.

With the growing market demand for Canadian Aboriginal art and cultural tourism, Aboriginal groups from all across Canada have responded by continuing to paint the Aboriginal tourism industry canvas with innovative and contemporary forms of traditional arts and cultural experiences. Aboriginal entrepreneurs are paving the way in this emerging industry sector and are attracting both domestic and international markets. Throughout the last decade Canada has experienced an increase in the international demand from Europe, Asia, Central/South America, Australia and New Zealand for authentic Aboriginal arts and cultural tourism offerings.

AtBC wishes to continue to share experiences with Indigenous groups from across the world, and have opened their doors to Indigenous tourism operators to come and share best practices and stories of working in the cultural tourism industry.

Who Should Attend?

  • Indigenous Tourism Businesses
  • Private Sector Tourism Organizations
  • Government Tourism Departments
  • Anyone interested in the global Indigenous/Cultural Tourism Industry

Why Should You Attend?

  • Discover innovative tools, research strategies, and programs about current industry trends and what's on the horizon for the Indigenous tourism industry;
  • Network with public relations practitioners, media, communicators for Indigenous travel, hospitality organizations, tour operators and other Indigenous tourism operators as they share best practices and stories of working in the indigenous tourism industry;
  • Understand how direct spending by tourists and the associated economic multiplier effect can help your Aboriginal community; and
  • Understand the environmental, social, and economic benefits of the global indigenous tourism industry.

 

Keith Henry“British Columbia’s Aboriginal cultural tourism industry has some of the most diverse and best developed operators in the world. Experiences range from canoe journeys and interpretive jet boat tours to Aboriginal-owned museums, heritage villages, cultural centres, golf resorts and wineries.”
- Keith Henry CEO of AtBC.

 

This conference is unique in design with a focus on best practices in the tourism industry and examples of successful Authentic Aboriginal Tourism businesses from around the world, as well as offering practical advice on how to succeed in the Indigenous cultural tourism industry.

Space is limited to only 200 delegates and 12 exhibitors for this event so register very soon to avoid disappointment.

Shain Jackson“Cultural tourism is helping create sustainable and meaningful employment for Indigenous communities around the world, and providing the impetus for elders to pass down culture, history and tradition to youth”.
- Shain Jackson, President of Spiritworks