Indigenous tourism is a valued and integral part of BC’s tourism network, providing a distinctive identity to our province and a deeper connection to travellers.
Trends in tourism indicate a strong and increasing demand for cultural tourism attractions. Put simply, more and more visitors are looking for experiences that immerse them in a culture different to theirs, allowing them to experience customs and traditions firsthand. British Columbia’s Indigenous cultural tourism industry has some of the most diverse and best developed operators in the world.
The demand for cultural tourism products has given Indigenous peoples in British Columbia an unprecedented opportunity to develop businesses that showcase their traditions, histories, and cultures.
Tourism is helping create sustainable and meaningful employment for Indigenous communities, and providing opportunities for elders to pass down culture, history, and traditions to youth.
Destination BC partners with Indigenous Tourism British Columbia (ITBC) to grow and promote a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry.
ITBC is dedicated to raising awareness of the diverse and enriching Indigenous tourism experiences available in BC. The non-profit organization communicates directly with consumers, travel trade, and travel media creating interest in Indigenous tourism experiences, activities, and products.
The Indigenous Tourism Association of British Columbia (ITBC) is a non-profit, stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry. 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 BC’s Indigenous tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promotes these experiences to visitors and local residents.
To find out more, contact:
Indigenous Tourism BC
Tel: 604 921-1070
Fax: 604 921-1072
T-Free Fax: 1-877-533-7773
Director, Industry Partnerships & Visitor Services
Tel: 778 572-1809
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