Shaping the future of Aboriginal Tourism
 

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day in the Victoria Inner Harbour

This year’s Aboriginal Cultural Festival – taking place from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18 in Victoria, BC – will feature colorful main stage performances, celebrating the diverse Nations on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Three-time world champion hoop dancer Alex Wells – who hails from the Lil’wat Nation – will return to headline the festival, performing daily as a guest of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. New for 2017, the Maori He Waka Kotuia from New Zealand will add to the excitement.

Aboriginal Tourism Leader Pulls Forward with New Vision for the Future

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) has released a new plan that is going to significantly boost Aboriginal tourism growth in First Nations communities across British Columbia.

Congratulations to AtBC on their 20th Anniversary

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) kicked off its 20th Anniversary by hosting the welcome reception at the BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria on February 22, 2017. AtBC has made enormous strides in collaboration with a long list of partners, thanks to the shared belief that Aboriginal tourism in BC is not just about business, but also about reconciliation, transformation and empowerment.

AtBC Celebrates its 20th Anniversary Milestone with Industry Partners

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC is celebrating its 20th Anniversary at the BC Tourism Industry Conference – the tourism event of the year in BC. AtBC will host the opening reception and welcome the delegates on February 22, 2017 at the Songhees Wellness Centre, in the Lekwungen Territory. The conference is presented by the Tourism Association of BC in partnership with Destination BC.

BC Parks Future Strategy - Celebrating First Nations Heritage

On November 28, AtBC Chief Operating Officer, Henry Tso attended the announcement of the BC Parks Future Strategy to feature stronger conservation and develop government-to-government relationships with First Nations.

Board Chair Baptiste Pops Cork on Early Sample of New AtBC Marketing Approach

The TOTA forum provided the perfect occasion for AtBC Board Chair Brenda Baptiste to present an early taste of the Aboriginal tourism marketer’s new approach of making Aboriginal storytellers ready to face changes.

International Retailers Bullish on Sales Outlook for Aboriginal Experiences

AtBC sales teams have been busy criss-crossing the globe meeting with some of the world’s top retailers to talk about taking our members’ sales to the next level.

World’s Top Travel Media Line Up Around the Corner to Talk About Aboriginal Experiences in BC

Thirty-two top travel media and bloggers lined up at GoMedia Canada in Montreal this October to talk about AtBC marketing stakeholders.

Celebrating 19 Years of Service, Launch of AtBC Annual Report

AtBC is pleased to release the 2015-2016 Annual Report, reflecting the completion of Year 4 of the current AtBC 5 Year Plan.

2016 Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival Final Report

The objective of the 2016 Aboriginal Cultural Festival was to present a lineup of top rated performances, artist demonstrations, arts and craft vendors, attract over 40,000 visitors. Our objectives were surpassed!

AtBC Hosts Insightful and Innovative Aboriginal Tourism Stakeholder Forum: Storytelling and Connect

AtBC hosted the Annual Aboriginal Tourism Stakeholder Forum on October 25th, 2016 at the Kwantlen Community Centre in Fort Langley, BC. The forum had insightful presentations from Destination BC, Modern Craft, AtBC Marketing with the Journey Ahead presentation.

Introducing the New AtBC Board of Directors

During AtBC’s recent 2016 AGM, new Board Members were elected to the AtBC Board of Directors. Twelve Aboriginal tourism stakeholders who are elected by the stakeholders lead AtBC for a term of two years. During the AGM we elected two new Board Members, and acknowledged the retiring Board members.

Community Outreach for Tourism Development

AtBC's recent tourism outreach opportunities have included Destination BC's Destination Development program, the Nisga'a Tourism Form, Moricetown Development & VIU's Aboriginal Ecotourism Training Program

AtBC Board of Directors Election 2016 Candidates

This is the official list of eligible AtBC Stakeholders that have applied to be considered for the six seats up for election on the AtBC Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on October 25th, 2016.

AtBC 2016 AGM Special Resolutions

These proposed changes will a-line AtBC Stakeholder Categories with those used by DBC and Destination Canada. Review these documents and be prepared to vote yes or no at the AGM.

AtBC Recognized for the Power of Partners Award at Gala

Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia received the Power of Partners Award for the Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival at the Tourism Vancouver Island gala in Ucluelet, BC.

2016 AtBC Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Forum

AtBC is proud to be hosting its annual fall Stakeholder Forum and Annual General Meeting at lelem’ Arts & Cultural Cafe and Kwantlen Cultural Centre in Fort Langley, BC from October 25th to 26th.

GoMedia 2016 - October 16th to 20th, Montreal

GoMedia Canada 2016 is one of two premier marketplaces held annually by Destination Canada that connects Canadian and international travel media and influencers with Canadian tourism organizations, major hotel properties, attractions and transportation companies.

Summer Marketing Update by Will Harding, AtBC Director of Marketing & Sales

Marketing BC’s diverse array of incredible Aboriginal experiences never stops. With summer here, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish each of our Stakeholders a prosperous busy season and to thank our community of dedicated members and the team at Aboriginal Tourism BC for their warm welcome.