Canada’s West Marketplace continues to be an important show for AtBC and provides excellent opportunities to market Aboriginal tourism and market-ready AtBC Stakeholders.
“This was another important conference for AtBC and our tourism businesses. The conference provided an opportunity to showcase Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences in British Columbia and encourage future visitation.” said AtBC CEO Keith Henry.
Aboriginal Tourism BC’s (AtBC) annual Stakeholder Forum and AGM showcased its significant development in marketing and product development to businesses and dignitaries, and elected five officials to its board.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Xat’sull Heritage Village receive Host 2012 BC Tourism & Hospitality Award
Premier Christy Clark announced the launch of Destination BC , which will be a new tourism marketing crown corporation. Destination BC will be operational by April 1, 2013. There will be 9 private sector directors from a skill based background. The directors will be appointed by the Minister vetted by two groups; the Tourism Association of BC and the Ministers Advisory Council.
This report highlights key performance outcomes and strategic actions associated with AtBC’s activities during this period (2006-2011) and suggest prospects for the future.
AtBC provided information for AtBC stakeholders to consider a board member application at the 2012 AtBC Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held Thursday, November 8th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.
One of the key marketing initiatives has been the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park and this past summer marked the third year of this AtBC initiative.
AtBC is pleased to provide stakeholders a copy of the AtBC 2012-2013 Progress Report April – September.
This past week AtBC was represented by CEO Keith Henry to attend for the first time the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) held in Lucerne, Switzerland. This event is hosted by Adventure Travel Tourism Association (ATTA) and this was their ninth (9th) annual event. ATTA is a membership based global network of tourism industry members represented from over 60 countries. The event was attended by over 600 delegates from the ATTA membership.
AtBC Board elections will be held on November 8th, 2012 at the Vancouver Coastal Coal Harbour Hotel. Nominations are due Wednesday October 31 4:30PM. AtBC is providing information for AtBC stakeholders who are considering a Board Member application.
The Cultural Authenticity Award recognizes an Aboriginal tourism businessperson or business that has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring cultural authenticity in business activities.
Vancity is actively promoting Klahowya Village via its website and its 56 branches are featuring Klahowya Village on digital signage.
We at first completely underestimated the scope of the damage,” said Keith Henry, CEO of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) that produces Klahowya Village in Stanley Park every year. “Initially focused on clean-°©‐up and moving on from this despicable act of destruction, we just now fully understand the damage that was caused. Our artists used the building for storage of products, artwork and their tools. Our conservative estimate is that it will take a minimum of $40,000 to replace what was lost. This is devastating to the artists financially but also creatively.
AtBC board and staff are pleased to provide stakeholders with a copy of the approved First Nations Summit Resolution, First Nations Summit letter of support, and a copy of a letter the First Nations Summit Task Group.
The 2012 BC Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Industry Awards were held during Canada’s first National Aboriginal Tourism Conference which took place in Osoyoos, B.C. from March 28-30, with several AtBC stakeholders receiving awards.
Canada’s first national Aboriginal Tourism Conference wrapped up in Osoyoos, B.C. with 180 participants from across the country having shared details of their growing industry and considered ways to increase collaboration to develop new high-quality Aboriginal tourism destinations that will attract more visitors from around the world.
SDE Colombie-Britannique launched a Culinary & Cultural Circle Tour for the national and international Francophone Tourism Markets.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) announced three initiatives that it believes will spark new development of the Aboriginal tourism sector throughout the region. CEO Glenn Mandziuk says TOTA is partnering with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) to co-host a major national Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Osoyoos on March 28-30.
AtBC proposes to engage the services of a Consultant to produce a Business Case for Aboriginal Trade Pavilion at Klahowya Village with the goal of establishing a permanent facility located in the vacant Children’s Farm Yard Building.
AtBC is looking for an Aboriginal artisan to design the awards for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC 2012 Awards.
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia is excited to release The Next Phase: 2012-2017 - A Five-year Strategy for Aboriginal Cultural Tourism, which identifies AtBC's six priorities until 2017. The Next Phase outlines AtBC's strategy for growing the province's Aboriginal cultural tourism industry, with a projected revenue of $68 million by 2017.
The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were handed out to nineteen (19) Aboriginal business recipients last night at the Hyatt Regency hotel located in downtown Vancouver. There were well over 500 guests in attendance from Aboriginal communities, post secondary institutions, Aboriginal youth, industries and governments.
Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia’s (AtBC) stakeholders met at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel November 17th – 19th. There were approximately 100 AtBC stakeholders who attended from all parts of British Columbia. This was the fifth AtBC led Stakeholder Forum since 2009 and AtBC arranged specific topics to assist the Aboriginal cultural tourism business community. The agenda included a review of the draft AtBC Five Year Plan, understanding the travel trade, product authenticity, plus a number of key topics related to cultural and interpretive centers.
Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia’s (AtBC) stakeholders met at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver on Wednesday, November 16. There were over 70 individuals composed of stakeholders and partners in attendance who participated. This was AtBC’s largest AGM ever and is a clear indication of the increase in the Aboriginal culture tourism sector in BC.
AtBC Board elections will be held on November 16, 2011. AtBC is providing information for AtBC stakeholders who are considering a Board Member application.
More than 120,000 spectators lined Georgia and Burrard Streets, cheering and waving for Princess Klahowya, performers from the Spirit Catcher Train, dancers in regalia and the West Coast Sightseeing tour bus wrapped with AtBC’s Klahowya Village branding.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and representatives from the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations took part in a formal ceremony today to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Klahowya Village and Spirit Catcher Train, the attraction’s second season of operation in Stanley Park.
A report on the status of British Columbia’s Aboriginal cultural tourism industry shows how the sector has grown dramatically over the past four years, exceeding expectations in job creation, economic impact and nearly doubling the number of visitors to Aboriginal cultural attractions.
AtBC and BladeRunners/ACCESS are proud to be announce that another group of participants have completed the Trailblazer Cultural Interpretation training.
Fort St. John, BC will host international renowned speakers, local entertainers, and provincial delegates at an Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Training Forum on January 26 & 27 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center. The Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre (NEABC) and Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) will coordinate this Forum to enhance BC’s tourism industry by supporting regional Aboriginal groups to showcase authentic First Nation and Métis experiences as tourist attractions.
AtBC once again represented the Aboriginal tourism industry in the Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver. On Sunday, December 5, AtBC's float was viewed by an estimated 300,000 people along the parade route. Many more people watched the parade broadcast on television (4 different networks in BC and Alberta) and the event was also widely covered on radio and in newspapers.
British Columbia's Aboriginal tourism industry shined in the spotlight this past week through three major events: the BC Tourism Industry Conference; the annual Stakeholder Forum held by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC; and with the election of 5 new Directors to the AtBC Board at their Annual General Meeting
Vancouver’s Olympic closing ceremonies are long over, but the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) has the 2010 Winter Games to thank for a surge in visitors and a new partnership that landed the association a significant presence in Tourism Vancouver’s Burrard Street Visitor Centre.
Aboriginal singers, dancers and drummers from across the province will transform The Butchart Gardens into an Aboriginal cultural tourism experience this Sunday, giving visitors a one-day taste of British Columbia’s authentic and lively Aboriginal cultures through the Aboriginal cultural tourism industry.
This weekend (August 13, 14, 15), AtBC is proud to be partnering with the Musqueam Nation to showcase "Musqueam Days" at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park. The Musqueam Nation will have performers, storytellers and artists on site throughout the weekend to share their culture and to tell the stories of the Musqueam's historic and cultural connection to Stanley Park. Bring your family down to take in what will surely be one of the most amazing weekends at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park.
Shain Jackson, an AtBC Stakeholder and President of Spirit Works Limited, has been recently appointed to the AtBC Board of Directors. Shain fills the only vacant seat and will play an important role with the Association as we prepare for the upcoming Annual General Meeting scheduled for October 23rd, 2010 at 1:00 PM.
Aboriginal Tourism BC is working with The Butchart Gardens in Victoria to host a one-day "Klahowya Village in The Butchart Gardens" on August 15th from 1-4pm. This is another example of AtBC working with key players in British Columbia's tourism industry to promote Aboriginal cultural tourism.
A one minute video promoting AtBC's Klahowya Village in Stanley Park will be aired on GlobalTV's "Global Village" during the summer. Also, a contest promoting the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park will start on Monday, July 26, 2010 on Jack FM radio.
AtBC is proud to be sponsoring the Aboriginal Cultural Authenticity Award in memory of Andrea Sanborn. The Aboriginal Cultural Authenticity Award finalist, along with all British Columbia Tourism Award finalists, will be recognized at a gala dinner during the Tourism Industry Conference, October 21, 2010 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver.
The Klahowya Village in Stanley Park and the Spirit Catcher train are officially open today, transforming one of Vancouver’s most scenic tourist attractions into an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience that showcases the unique cultures, traditions and stories of British Columbia’s Aboriginal cultural tourism industry.
The proposed Klahowya Village was unanimously approved by the Stanley Park Board earlier this evening. The Klahowya Village has been planned to provide a number of activities including daily cultural performances, authentic cuisine, Aboriginal artist showcase, plus many other exciting experiences.
After several months of development, the New Relationship Trust and the First Nations Technology Council has ‘soft-launched’ the First Nations in BC internet portal. The website has been created to be a 'single window' about First Nations in BC.
A number of Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia’s (AtBC) members met at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond this past weekend to support the continued growth of Aboriginal cultural tourism in BC.