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International Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Quebec Canada

Apr 30, 2015 -- Posted by : admin

Nearly 350 aboriginal tourism industry key players and partners, half of whom came from abroad, were gathered in Fairmont Le ChâteauFrontenacfor the first International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) held in Quebec on March 24-25 to discuss the global aboriginal tourism industry and reward the province’s aboriginal tourism enterprises

Under the honorary presidency of AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard, the two-day conference addressed themes such as commitment, authenticity, preferred destinations, marketing, best practices in tourism and more. Forty top speakers and global leaders from the aboriginal tourism industry took part in this major event. During the grand opening ceremony,Quebec’sMinister of Tourism,Dominique Viencongratulated Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) for the leadership demonstrated in organizing this international conference. QAT President, Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, indicated a lot of satisfaction as regards the wider scope taken by this major event and its impact on the association and on the global aboriginal tourism industry.

The high level of participation exceeded all our objectives in terms of exchange with our peers from other provinces and countries, and added to our pride in welcoming on our lands these delegates and strategic players from the world over, all gathered for the emergence and development of aboriginal tourism enterprises around the world.  Tiawenhk, our thanks to all participants and organizations who accepted our invitation,“said Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis.

WAITOC was well represented with both the Chair and CEO presenting to the audience on key topics such as destination development and the importance of developing and sustaining long term partnerships. WAITOC Chair Robert Taylor said “the conference confirmed that although lagging slightly behind destinations such as Canada, Australia and more specifically Western Australia is starting to make significant inroads in developing our Aboriginal Tourism sector.”

WAITOC CEO Simon Haigh confirmed the strategy adopted by WAITOC is the right way to move forward. “The conference in Canada was a success and we certainly would like to acknowledge Quebec Aboriginal Tourism as a very welcoming host and leadership in the development of this conference. The presentations from a diverse range of countries confirmed that we are driving Aboriginal tourism in this State in the right direction and that the recent Corporate Strategy released by WAITOC will be underpinning the 4 year Aboriginal tourism development program to be announced soon.”


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