Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) is a non-profit, Stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry.
A sustainable Indigenous tourism sector with diverse products in communities in every region of the province is recognized as one of the major focuses for achieving the target set by the Premier to double tourism revenues in B.C. by 2015.
Through training, information resources, networking opportunities and co-operative marketing programs, ITBC is a one-stop resource for Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities in British Columbia who are operating or looking to start a tourism business. ITBC works closely with tourism, business, education and government organizations to help Indigenous tourism businesses in BC offer quality experiences and actively promotes these experiences to visitors and local residents.
Today, in the Nisga’a Village of Gitlax̱t’aamiks, Eva Clayton President of the Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) and Tracy Eyssens, CEO of Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC), announce the signing of a Statement of Collaboration that outlines the intention of the NLG and ITBC to collaborate on initiatives that support the development of Indigenous tourism experiences in the Nass Valley and the four Nisga’a Villages of Ging̱olx, Lax̱g̱alts’ap Gitwinksihlkw and Gitlax̱t’aamkis while recognizing the Nisg̱a’a Nation’s shared interest and values.
A new Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC), with a diverse membership to help guide government's tourism policy, strategy and program implementation, has been announced by Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.