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11th Annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference

Ottawa will host the prestigious 11th Annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg Territory. The event, scheduled to take place from February 25th to 28th, 2024 is being organised by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).

The conference will host over 1,000 delegates over four days, making use of Ottawa’s award-winning Shaw Center.

ITAC has been at the forefront of promoting authentic Indigenous experiences, fostering partnerships, and supporting economic development within Indigenous communities across the country. Through collaborations with associations, organisations, government departments, and industry leaders, ITAC has been instrumental in addressing the demand for the development and marketing of these unique cultural offerings. ITAC's vision is to "help make Canada the global leader in Indigenous tourism by 2030.”

"The 2024 International Indigenous Tourism Conference represents a landmark event for Ottawa," said Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice President, Meeting and Major Events. "We are honoured to welcome Indigenous leaders, tourism operators, and industry stakeholders to Ottawa. This conference serves as a platform to share ideas, build meaningful connections, and further elevate Indigenous tourism within our country and beyond."

At the heart of the conference lies ITAC’s focus on creating partnerships between associations, organisations, government departments and industry leaders from across Canada to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in Canada and address the demand for development and marketing of authentic Indigenous experiences. By providing essential services such as economic development advisory, conferences, professional development training, industry statistics, and information, ITAC empowers Indigenous tourism operators and communities to flourish in the cultural tourism sector.

The association envisions a thriving Indigenous tourism economy that offers visitors authentic, memorable, and enriching experiences, celebrating the rich heritage and diverse cultures of Indigenous communities across Canada.

“As the capital of Canada and a city known for its history and cultural diversity, Ottawa is the ideal host for this significant event. With its stunning landmarks, vibrant arts scene, and welcoming atmosphere, attendees can look forward to immersing themselves in an unforgettable experience,” concludes Lesley Mackay.

Ottawa Tourism encourages all stakeholders, industry leaders, and participants in the Indigenous tourism sector to save the date for the 2024 International Indigenous Tourism Conference. Together, the attendees will shape the future of authentic Indigenous tourism in Canada, while also honouring the legacy and ancestral heritage of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.


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