2018 Indigenous Tourism Awards

Awards Gala – October 31, 2018

On the evening of October 31 we will be celebrating Indigenous tourism excellence in Canada at our annual Indigenous Tourism Awards Gala. The event features the presentation of national and Saskatchewan-specific awards in several categories. Every conference attendee gets a complimentary ticket to the dinner event. Additional tickets for guests are available for purchase.

Make your nomination today using the Online Nomination Form. Nominations for the 2018 Indigenous Tourism Awards will be announced soon.

National Awards

  • Best Marketing Campaign
    Indigenous tourism business or organization who has planned and activated an effective marketing campaign or program showing real results towards specific goals using any or all of paid, earned, shared or owned media.
  • Most Improved Business
    Indigenous tourism business who has significantly improved their market/export readiness allowing for a stronger business opportunity and increased their ability to professionally demonstrate Indigenous tourism’s ability to meet and exceed consumer and travel trade expectations.
  • Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador
    A representative of an Indigenous business or organization who inspires those around them in the way the represent their culture with visitors, who leads by example and who provides guidance and mentorship to those also looking to find their path towards representing their culture to visitors and guests.
  • Indigenous Adventure Award – Presented by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
    This award will be presented to a business who recognizes best practices in Indigenous Adventure travel with a focus on responsibility and sustainability: demonstrating effective sustainable management, maximizing social and economic benefits to the local community and minimizing negative impacts, maximizing benefits to cultural heritage and minimizing negative impacts and maximizing benefits to the environment and minimizing negative impact.

Saskatchewan Awards

  • Indoor Aboriginal Cultural Experiences
    Exceptional delivery of cultural knowledge and guest experience at Indigenous Cultural Centres, Museums, Galleries, Retail Stores, Food Establishments, Entertainments Centres and Spa/Retreats.
  • Outdoor Aboriginal Cultural Experiences
    Outdoor Adventure, Wildlife Viewing, Outdoor Guided Tours.  Exceptional knowledge and delivery of an Indigenous cultural experience an/or adventure in an outdoor environment.
  • Lodging
    Hotels, Motels, Accommodations, Cabins, Campgrounds, Lodges.  Excellent lodging experience for guests while incorporating Indigenous themes, design elements and/or cultural experiences
  • Artists & Events
    Artists, Performers and Performance Groups, Special Events, Festivals.  Exceptional skill, technique and cultural representation from an artist/performer/performance group or through a special cultural event or festival.

Award Eligibility & Conditions

  • Nominees must be majority Indigenous owned/controlled and provide tourism experiences or tourism related services.
  • Businesses or organizations can be nominated in multiple categories.
  • Any one business or organization can only win one regional award, however they are also eligible to win only one national award.
  • The physical business address of the nominee for the Saskatchewan awards must be located in Saskatchewan.
  • The physical business address of the nominee for the national awards must be in one of the 13 Provinces or Territories of Canada.
  • The top three submissions and the winner in each category will be selected by a committee of senior staff members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.
  • Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm Pacific
  • Submissions can be filled out as a self-nomination or as a nomination of a person, business or organization from someone outside of that business or organization.
  • Submissions are submitted by the online form below.
  • The winners of all eight categories will be announced Wednesday October, 31, 2018 at the Awards Gala held on the closing night of the International Indigenous Tourism Conference held this year at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK.

Questions regarding the eligibility and the nomination process can be sent to: awards@indigenoustourismconference.com

Make your nomination today using the Online Nomination Form. Nominations for the 2018 Indigenous Tourism Awards will be announced soon.