The Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference and Trade Event (#PAITC2015)Â launched a new website today, co-hosted byÂ the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC).
The conferenceÂ promises to be an unique and exciting gathering, whichÂ will take place in the home territoryÂ of the Musqueaum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations,Â also known asÂ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Â Delegates will gatherÂ from 12 to 14 September 2015 at theÂ magnificent Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel.
â€œWe selected theÂ theme ‘Creating Winning Alliances in Indigenous Tourism’ to focus on the partnerships needed toÂ support the principles and objectivesÂ set out in the Larrakia Declaration on Indigenous tourism development”, said WINTA Chairman Ben Sherman,Â “The declaration and its human rights commitments wereÂ endorsedÂ by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)â€.
â€œTheÂ conference will bring together a significant gathering of Indigenous, State, tourism industry and civil service leaders with an interest in the development of Indigenous tourism. As usual, we willÂ provide a platform for discussing the Indigenous approach to sustainable tourism, focusing on Indigenous knowledge, values, authenticity, community engagement andÂ care for Mother Earth,”Â added Mr Sherman.
AtBC Chairperson Brenda Baptiste said â€œWe are pleased to be building on the success of the inaugural PAITC held in Darwin in 2012 by also providing a strong business trade and marketing component in Vancouverâ€.
â€œThis will be a great opportunity for Canadian Aboriginal tourism businesses as well as other Indigenous tourism businesses from throughout the Pacific Asia region to share information about their tourism products and also a very convenient opportunity for the tourism trade to meet a diverse range of Indigenous enterprisesâ€, said Ms Baptiste.
The website forÂ #PAITC2015 may be viewed at Â www.paitc2015.com, where you can subscribe for email updates asÂ the program is finalized, keynote and guest speakers are announced, and conference registration becomes available in the coming weeks.