Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017
This week, the International Indigenous Tourism Conference is taking place, welcoming groups and businesses under one roof to talk about the ways to prepare for opportunities.
At the session on Monday, the main aim was on Alberta, with over 200 attendees “The challenge we’ve got right now in front of us is really to continue to develop businesses that really are truly market ready,” said Keith Henry, the president and CEO of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC).
Henry’s organization associated with communities from Alberta and over 98 percent of respondents expressed that they are keen on Indigenous tourism association for the province. The main target is to have it up and running in early 2018.
ATAC has taken an oath of $195,000 in funding for the fledgling Alberta association. At the early part of this year, the Alberta government promised $100,000 for the creation of an Indigenous tourist organization.
Already, there are projects in the province which are luring visitors, including the 62,000 square feet Blackfoot Crossing Interpretive Centre on the Siksika Nation. The association explains that there are 86 Indigenous tourism businesses in Alberta already.