Hundreds of delegates will travel to Kelowna next week for the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference, taking place November 12 to 14 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort.

The influx of conference delegates means increased visitation to Kelowna, particularly in the downtown core, during a quieter time of year. While the delegates will be busy learning, networking, and experiencing Indigenous culture in the region, they will also have a free evening on Wednesday, November 13, which means they will be seeking out dining options and experiences within Kelowna.

We invite you to join us in extending a warm Kelowna welcome to these visitors, both in-person and online. When welcoming visitors online or sharing event-related content, be sure to include #meetinKelowna and #2019IITC (the official conference hashtag).

Should visitors have questions about the area, please feel free to direct them to our team. In addition to providing services at the Kelowna Visitor Centre and at our Airport Kiosk, our Visitor Experience team will be onsite at the Delta to answer questions and provide recommendations.

Together, we can make sure everyone visiting for the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) has a remarkable experience, not only at the event but also while they #exploreKelowna. 

For more information about Tourism Kelowna's support of the event, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at (250) 861-1515 ext. 205 or

About the International Indigenous Tourism Conference 

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.

Click here for more information about IITC.