The strong international interest to present case studies to Canadaâ€™s 4th International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC 2015) has been matched by an equally high level of registrations to attend the conference.
WINTA Director, Johnny Edmonds said, â€œThis strong interest is consistent with recent trends of increasing international stakeholder participation witnessed at international Indigenous tourism conferences in Australia and Canadaâ€.
â€œDelegates are now typically attending international Indigenous tourism conferences from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceaniaâ€, said Mr Edmonds.
QAT Executive Director, Dave Laveau said â€œover 320 registrations have already been received for the IATC 2015 which will bring together a range of stakeholders under the theme Commit to Achieve – The role of commitment in the performance of our industryâ€.
â€œThis is the first time that the conference will be held in QuÃ©bec on Huron-Wendat territory and the conference will further enhance the international profile of the Wendake community, Quebec and Canadian Aboriginal tourismâ€, said Mr Laveau.
In addition to the international presentations, delegates will be treated to festive and authentic experiences of Aboriginal warmth and hospitality including ceremonial speeches, performances by aboriginal artists of QuÃ©bec, an exciting night of themed discoveries with Huron-Wendat each highlighting a particular aspect of their land and culture and a grand entrepreneurship recognition gala for Aboriginal tourism in QuÃ©bec.
The conference began on Tuesday 24th March, at Fairmont Le ChÃ¢teau Frontenac in Quebec City.