A highlight of the International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), which is set to take place in Kelowna this November, is the annual Indigenous Tourism Awards, which are presented on the last day of the conference.
The awards recognize Indigenous tourism operators and experience providers on a national and regional level. This year, both the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will be celebrating award winners on Thursday, November 14.
Nominations for both the national and regional award categories are now open. If you know of an outstanding Indigenous tourism operator or a remarkable Indigenous experience you think deserves recognition, be sure to fill out a nomination form by 5 p.m. PST, October 21, 2019.
About the International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC)
IITC 2019 is hosted on the traditional territory of the Syilx Nation, in partnership with the Nlakápamux and Secwépemc Nations, Tourism Kelowna, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, and Indigenous Tourism BC.
This year’s conference theme is “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.” Presentations will be focused on inspiring communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. Transform, focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. Unite speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.