Among eco-travelers, one pinnacle experience is visiting aboriginals in an authentic fashion. There’s a desire to connect with locals, traditions, wildlife and the environment while having some creature comforts at hand. In response, locals are often interested in sharing their traditions and creating economic upsides. EcoGo applauds opportunities for aboriginals and their travel partners to develop eco-travel business.
Annual International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC)
Nearly 350 aboriginal tourism industry players, including half from abroad, gathered in Quebec City, Canada on March 24-25th to discuss their unique efforts and challenges. Hosted by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), the attendees and WINTA leaders declared this meeting a great success.
Quebec leaders kicked off the show
Chief Ghislain Picard, of The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), served as honorary host and focused on themes such as authenticity, marketing and preferred destinations. Quebec’s minister of tourism, Dominique Vien, also welcomed over 40 top speakers and global leaders and congratulated Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) for the terrific job they did in organizing and leading this landmark conference.
Traditions night honored locals
One of the most inspiring events showcased the dynamic, local, aboriginal tourism and history in Quebec, while a gala for entrepreneurship recognition closed the conference on a very exciting note. Among the full list of winners, here are selected awardees:
- Artists and Craftsmen Award – (Tied winners)
Eruoma Awashish and Sandokwa dance troupe
- Boutique/Shop Award
Plumes et Pacotilles
- Cultural Centre/Interpretation Site/Museum Award
Musée des Abénakis
- Top Event Award
First Peoples Festival
- Best Accommodation Award
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
- Marketing Award
- Nature/Adventure Award
- Outfitter Award
- Restaurant/Gastronomy Award
La Traite Restaurant
- Outstanding Industry Partner Award
Quebec Outfitters Federation
Next aboriginal conference: The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (Aboriginal Tourism BC) will present the 2nd Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC 2015) in Vancouver, from September 12-14th, 2015. FOSTI director Pamela Lanier will be participating in this conference.