WENDAKE, QC, December 1, 2014â€”QuÃ©bec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) and World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) are proud to announce that registrations are now open for the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) to be held in Fairmont Le ChÃ¢teau Frontenac in QuÃ©bec City on March 24-25, 2015. The event’s website has also been officially launched.
It is the first time that this major tourism conference is being held in QuÃ©bec on Huron-Wendat territory. Under the general theme COMMIT TO ACHIEVEâ€“The role of commitment in the performance of our industry, the IATC will bring together more than 300 aboriginal tourism representatives, enterprises and organizations from Canada and abroad. Lectures and presentations will be given by renowned key players of the global aboriginal tourism industry. There will also be plenary sessions to drive our think tanks as well as our individual and collective initiatives.
â€œQAT is collaborating with WINTA to promote the upcoming conference at the international level and encourage the participation of key global players so that attendees can benefit from a high-end international programme. This pivotal partnership is in line with the best business practices in aboriginal tourism that we want to convey at this conference,â€ said Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, QAT President. â€œThis fruitful partnership between WINTA and QAT will also bring best international business practices into the limelight, while respecting aboriginal rights, and will allow for a full and positive collaboration between tourism bodies and aboriginal communities,â€ said Ben Sherman, Chairman of WINTA.
Visit the IATC 2015 website (www.iatc2015.com) to register and for more details about the conference. The IATC will also host an exhibition fair onsite and some unique social events such as the grand Entrepreneurship Recognition Gala for aboriginal tourism in QuÃ©bec and of course our opening cocktail. The Gala will be the highlight of the IATC and will celebrate the success, efforts and dynamism of those involved in our industry. You will also get the opportunity to take part in the Traditions Night (optional activity) for a unique experience with the Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake.
â€œThe Huron-Wendat Nation is very proud to welcome aboriginal tourism representatives from across the world on our beautiful NionwentsÃ¯o. We, the Huron-Wendat, are known for our warm welcome and sense of sharing. Aboriginal tourism is a longstanding and important socio-economic tool for Wendake and the major investments made in recent years demonstrate its importance. Welcome to our NionwentsÃ¯o!â€ said Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Nation hosting the IATC.
An early bird discount will be offered to those who register by January 11, 2015. For more details, please visit www.iatc2015.com.Â The IATC, presented by QAT, will benefit from federal and provincial support.