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Published on : Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC, Host Partner for the second Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism & Trade Conference – taking place Sept. 12 – 14, 2015 in Vancouver, BC – is pleased to announce that the preliminary conference schedule and early registration have been confirmed with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance.
Early registration pricing starts at $440 Cdn ($330 Cdn for students) with pricing increasing as of July 1, 2015. Conference topics will include case studies for successful partnerships in Indigenous tourism, winning formulas in eco-cultural tourism, and best practices to work in the Pacific-Asia marketplace.
The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) is the custodian of the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC), hosted this year in the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. WINTA is a global network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations that seek to give practical expression to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through tourism.
“As global tourism continues its tremendous growth rates, Indigenous communities are increasingly engaged in developing and offering our own brand of authentic experiences,” says Ben Sherman, chair of WINTA. “These experiences provide visitors with a special view into ancient cultures, while demonstrating our close relationship with the natural environment.”
The Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference will focus on the international opportunity for engagement and sharing by all peoples who have an interest in promoting, implementing and celebrating achievements in fostering Indigenous self-determination through participation in tourism. This focus is consistent with the principles of the Larrakia Declaration on the Development of Indigenous Tourism, which was adopted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2012. It represents the most important statement of commitment from the tourism sector that it intends to take on an active role in giving practical effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).