Shaping the future of Aboriginal Tourism
 

Launch of Authentic Indigenous Arts Initiative Supports Hundreds of Indigenous Artists across BC

The Authentic Indigenous Arts initiative will provide a simple way to clearly identify authentic Indigenous art and protection of the art as well as the artists and give clear information to the purchaser.

AtBC Statement on Media Coverage Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) board members condemn the actions by an Aboriginal tourism operator in British Columbia, Aboriginal Adventurers Canada and owner Tom Sewid, for the recent actions.

2014 BC Aboriginal Business Awards Announced

The sixth annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards have been announced by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, the presenting organization of Awards.

Aboriginal Tourism Industry Showcased during CCTM in Charlottetown

Representatives of the former Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle, currently transitioning to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC), attended the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers (CCTM) meeting this week in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Chinese Media Visit ‘Target Magazine’ (Part Two): August 13 to 22, 2014

The leading high-end, lifestyle Target Magazine organized a crew of journalists, videographers and photographers, as well as two influential VIP guests to join their journey through British Columbia while discovering Aboriginal culture.

Harper Government boosts Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia

On August 18th, Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced that the Harper Government is assisting Aboriginal tourism companies in British Columbia capitalize on increased visitor demand for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Aboriginal Tourism BC Hosts Media Visit from China at Klahowya Village

AtBC has been working with Destination BC to attract the affluent Chinese traveller to British Columbia and to our Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences.

AtBC Extends Condolences to the Family and Friends of Julie Baker

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) board, staff and stakeholders offer our most deepest condolences to the family and friends of former AtBC board member Julie Baker.

Victoria BC’s First Annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival Demonstrates Continued Growth

After three days of dancing, singing, artisans at work, food and food demonstrations, the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, BC closed on Saturday evening with an hour-long celebration of the region’s rich indigenous culture and a promise to return in 2015.

AtBC Annual Report 2013-14

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is pleased to provide the final program and financial reporting April 1st, 2013 – March 31st, 2014. The following report outlines achievements for funding provided by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Province of British Columbia, and other corporate partners invested to support the “year 2” of the AtBC Five Year Plan entitled “The Next Phase 2012-2017.”

AtBC Travels to International Luxury Travel Market Event in Shanghai, China

AtBC CEO Keith Henry and Travel Trade Specialist Dana Schoahs represented Aboriginal Tourism BC at the International Luxury Travel Market event held in Shanghai, China.

Performers announced for Victoria’s first annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival

The main stage for Victoria’s first Aboriginal Cultural Festival will be packed with more than 30 performances, celebrating artists from across British Columbia and starting each day at 11 a.m., June 19 - 21, 2014.

AtBC Co-Hosts Successful ILTM Media Event in Shanghai

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC), in partnership with Destination BC, hosted the first ever Aboriginal tourism media event last night at the Langham Xintiandi hotel in Shanghai, China.

AtBC Working with Chinese Luxury Market

This week the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) team is attending the 8th annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia show hosted in Shanghai. They are attending the ILTM in partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission and Destination British Columbia (Destination BC).

Klahowya Village Celebrates the ‘Journey of the Salmon’ During Its Fifth Season - May 28th, 2014

The story ‘Journey of the Salmon’ is ready to debut on June 21, 2014 at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park along with interactive displays and customizable group tours.

Victoria BC’s First Annual Aboriginal Cultural Event Announced

From June 19 to 21, Victoria, BC will host the 2014 Aboriginal Cultural Festival, highlighting and celebrating the region’s rich indigenous culture through storytelling, artisans, dance, song and food.

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance Recognises Aboriginal Tourism Leadership

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) has recognised the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia for its Leadership in Indigenous Tourism Organisational Development, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Principles of the Larrakia Declaration.

International Aboriginal Conference Concludes with Celebration of BC’s Aboriginal Tourism Leaders

Two days of intense discussions among 300 delegates and representatives from nine different countries during the 2014 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) concluded with the Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) industry awards, honouring outstanding tourism leaders from across the province.

BC’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort offers cultural and spiritual journeys with Sea Wolf Adventures

Responding to the growing demand for authentic indigenous tourism experiences, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort has partnered with Sea Wolf Adventures so guests have the opportunity to explore the rich culture and history of BC’s coastal First Nations throughout the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Tourism Value to British Columbia

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) continues to focus on training, product development and marketing to meet the growing consumer demand for authentic experiences throughout British Columbia.

ITB Berlin 2014 Report

Under the leadership of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), 37 Canadian sellers attended ITB Berlin, the world's largest tourism trade show. The show provides an excellent opportunity to promote diverse Canadian experiences and destinations to the German and European travel trade, travel media and consumers. To learn more about the show, visit http://www.itb‐berlin.de/en/

Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC Industry Awards 2014 Call for Nominations

The AtBC Industry Awards will be held during the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference held on April 16th in Whistler, BC.

AtBC Takes Steps to Launch Aboriginal Travel Services April 2nd, 2014

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia is announcing the launch of Aboriginal Travel Services, on April 2nd, 2014.

“Let’s Gather Sunshine Coast Aboriginal and Eco-Tourism Event” a Huge Success

Over a hundred people gathered at the beautiful Sechelt Nation Big House, hosted by Talaysay Tours and Kayak Rentals.

New Aboriginal Tourism BC Site Simplifies Travel Trade Experience

Aboriginal Tourism BC has launched a new web portal, designed to help travel trade partners to promote Aboriginal tourism and experiences in the province of BC.

Nuxalk Community Continues Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Planning for Future

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) representatives attended three days this week focusing on intense Aboriginal cultural tourism planning in partnership with the Nuxalk Development Corporation and the Nuxalk leadership.

AtBC Welcomes Beverley O’Neil to the Board

AtBC is pleased to announce that the Kootenay Region will be represented by Beverley O’Neil.

Aboriginal Tourism BC Partners with CTC for Marketing Campaign in UK, Germany

For the first time ever, Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) is joining forces with the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) to showcase the province’s Aboriginal-themed tours to audiences in the United Kingdom and Germany, key markets for Aboriginal tourism experiences and the overall Canadian tourism market.

New Report: Proposed Ferry Cuts to Discovery Coast Route to have Major Negative Economic Impact

A new report that looks at the effects of ferry cuts to the ‘circle route’ that runs from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola on BC’s northern mainland, shows that many local
tourism and other businesses that serve Route 40 will face near certain hardship--including permanent business closures--if the proposed service cuts go ahead this year, as planned.

AtBC Submission for BC Coastal Ferries Community Engagement Fall 2013

AtBC industry leaders met this week and have approved a letter that was sent to British Columbia Premier Clark yesterday and submitted as per the engagement process for the BC Coastal Ferries Community Engagement Fall 2013 process. The proposed BC Ferries service reductions will have a dramatic impact to current and future Aboriginal cultural tourism development. AtBC recognizes there is also many other impacts but has focused on tourism given the impacts of limited transportation and accessibility into many areas of Coastal BC.

Aboriginal Tourism Continues to Receive Recognition

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) representatives attended the BC Aboriginal Business Awards last night at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. The BC Aboriginal Business Awards are hosted by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation and there were fifteen (15) awards handed out to successful Aboriginal businesses and entrepreneurs.

West Coast Expeditions Receives National Recognition

West Coast Expeditions’ (WCE) 5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour has been selected to join the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (CTC) Canadian Signature Experiences collection (CSE)—a stamp of quality and recognition in the competitive international tourism marketplace.

AtBC met with 60 Travel Trade Partners during Canada’s West Marketplace

Paula Amos, Marketing Manager, and Dana Schoahs, Travel Trade Specialist, attended this year’s Canada’s West Marketplace, in Whistler, from November 23 to 25, 2013.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Receives National Recognition

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s (SLCC) Ambassador Guided Tour has been recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE)— a stamp of quality recognized by the international tourism marketplace. The Cultural Centre along with 27 other companies awarded this honour will be added to the CTC’s major market development program, all of which offer extraordinary tourism experiences.

AtBC Midterm Report April 1 – September 30, 2013

The AtBC midterm report provides full program and financial reporting for partners and stakeholders.

Aboriginal Tourism Continues Momentum

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM), Stakeholder Forum, and Explore Aboriginal BC Travel Trade Event this week at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center in Whistler and the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver.

AtBC Launches “Plus Aboriginal BC” Campaign and New Website

A visit to British Columbia is not complete without at least one Aboriginal tourism experience is the message behind Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC)’s Plus Aboriginal BC campaign announced today at the Bill Reid Gallery.

Aboriginal Tourism at CCTA 2013 Tourism Summit

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) attended the 2013 Tourism Summit this past weekend hosted by the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) at the beautiful Shearwater Resort and Marina located on Denny Island near Bella Bella. The CCCTA 2013 Tourism Summit was attended by a number of tourism business and Aboriginal community representatives.

Destination British Columbia names new CEO

After an extensive global search, Destination British Columbia has appointed Marsha Walden as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer, announced Board Chair Andrea Shaw.