The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) held its seventh annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference in Saskatoon.
TIAC was there, along with over 500 delegates and tourism industry leaders.
The conference is a celebration of Canada’s indigenous tourism sector and kicked off with a day dedicated to Saskatchewan’s Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs and operators.
The following two days were themed: “The Indigenous Tourism Economy: Learning Together and Sharing Our Stories.” Delegates took part in panel discussions, breakout sessions, keynote presentations and local cultural experiences.
The demand for Indigenous tourism experiences is at an all-time high. Indigenous tourism in Canada contributed $1.8 billion to the annual GDP in 2017, up 22% from 2015. New research announced at the conference suggested that one in every three international visitors to Canada say they are interested in Indigenous tourism experiences. TIAC is a proud supporter of ITAC and its efforts to support Canada’s tourism industry!
It’s an exciting time for Indigenous tourism. ITAC also recently released a Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada for industry, media and visitors from around the world.