KEY MESSAGES FROM INTERNATIONAL ABORIGINAL TOURISM CONFERENCES CONFIRM WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS HEADING FOR EXCITING TIMES IN 2015
The 4th International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) presented for the first time in Québec on Huron-Wendat territory will bring together more than 300 aboriginal tourism representatives, enterprises and organizations from Canada and abroad under the theme Commit to achieve - The role of commitment in the performance of our industry. The conference will be held in Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City on March 24-25, 2015.
The 2015 IATC will focus on lectures and presentations given by renowned key players of the global aboriginal tourism industry. There will also be plenary sessions to drive our think tanks as well as our individual and collective actions.
"QAT is collaborating with WINTA to promote the upcoming conference at the international level and encourage the participation of key global players so that attendees can benefit from a high-end international programme. This pivotal partnership is in line with the best business practices in aboriginal tourism that we want to convey at this conference," said Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, QAT President.
Further to the IATC Conference, The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia (AtBC) will host the second Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC) in Vancouver, British Columbia from 12 to 14 September 2015. The inaugural PAITC was held in Darwin, Australia in 2012.
“We are naturally excited that Indigenous tourism will be delivering the PAITC 2015 and with the close support of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and other tourism industry partners”, said WINTA Chairman Ben Sherman.
“The delivery of the conference in Vancouver is a welcomed opportunity to provide international focus on Aboriginal tourism in Canada,” said AtBC Chairperson Brenda Baptiste.
WAITOC is a founding member of WINTA and Chairperson Robert Taylor said “both conferences highlight the theme of partnerships and we are pleased that WAITOC is heading in the same direction through launching our Corporate Partnerships Strategy in the new year.”
WAITOC plays a key role within the Aboriginal Tourism sector in Australia and the continuation to develop a vibrant authentic Aboriginal tourism industry is still our key objective. It is an exciting time for Aboriginal Tourism in Western Australia with increased funding for the development of the industry combined with the ‘buy in’ from the corporate sector,” said Simon Haigh, CEO of WAITOC.
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