The International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) is an annual conference bringing together people interested and invested in creating and contributing towards the Indigenous tourism industry. This year, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) was proud to host the 7th IITC in Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 30 and 31, 2018.
This international event has been successfully hosted by ITAC and delivered through the partnership of the various regional Indigenous tourism organizations for the past six years, having already been delivered in British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Alberta. The 2017 IITC in Calgary, Alberta exceeded expectations with sold out success and brought together Indigenous tourism operators from across Canada and around the world for three days of sharing best practices and networking. Over 500 delegates participated in panel discussions, breakout sessions, keynote presentations and local cultural experiences.
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.
Testimonials from 2017 – View More
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.