Syilx Territory: Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) was a proud sponsor of Indigenous Tourism Canada’s 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), hosted on the unceded territory of the Syilx Nation in partnership with Nlaka’pamux and Secwepemc Nations, Tourism Kelowna, and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. The theme of the conference was “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous Tourism Growth.
On day three, ITBC and the Province of BC signed the Indigenous Tourism Accord and ITBC announced its new traditional and collaborative governance model, focused on creating stronger relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses in BC. ITBC builds relationships that emphasize collaborative agreements with Indigenous communities and supports Indigenous tourism businesses and specialists dedicated to unique and sustainable regional development.
An annual highlight of IITC is the Indigenous Tourism Awards Gala, an event dedicated to the celebration of exceptional local and national Indigenous tourism experiences. This year’s event was a shared joy for Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC).
Remarkable Indoor Cultural Experiences
This award is for exceptional delivery of cultural knowledge and guest experience at Indigenous cultural centres, museums, galleries, retail stores, food establishments, entertainments centres, and spa/retreats.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner, St. Eugene Resort & Casino.
Exceptional Outdoor Cultural Experiences
This award is given for exceptional knowledge and delivery of an Indigenous cultural experience in an outdoor environment, including adventure, wildlife viewing, and guided tours.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner, Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours.
Outstanding Indigenous Accommodations
This award is for providing an excellent lodging experience for guests while incorporating Indigenous themes, design elements, and/or cultural experiences at hotels, motels, accommodations, cabins, campgrounds, and lodges.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner, The Lund resort at Kla ah men.
Customer Service Award
This award recognizes frontline team members in Indigenous tourism in BC, whose exceptional customer service has contributed to an outstanding travel experience for visitors.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner, Sierra Hall – Spirit Bear Lodge.
Thank you to all of you for your contribution to a thriving, sustainable Indigenous tourism industry and the success of #2019IITC.