I am personally emailing each of you to invite you to the National Aboriginal Tourism Opportunities Conference (NATOC) co-hosted by Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) and Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) with event planner 2GGroup. An AtBC Update will be sent out to stakeholders today but I wanted to give each of you a heads up.
I have attached the NATOC conference agenda and as you will see it is a great number of relevant topics and expert panelists in Aboriginal tourism from British Columbia, Canada, and International locations will share their insight. AtBC is proud to be one of the leaders here in Canada and recognized on the world stage in training, product development, and marketing authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism. Representatives from the Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle (a national committee of Aboriginal tourism members in Canada), World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (International Aboriginal/Indigenous tourism leadership council with representation from Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, United States and Canada), plus others will have representation attending.
This is AtBC’s second year at holding this national conference in Canada and we were pleased with the attendance and results in our inaugural NATOC year. The first year was successful in terms of attendees, panel presentations, and generally a great time for all to view a world class authentic Aboriginal tourism destination developed by OIB; “Spirit Ridge Resort and Conference Center”. As many of know today, the demand to provide authentic Aboriginal/Indigenous tourism experiences continues to grow and this conference offers information from many perspectives as Aboriginal/Indigenous tourism progresses..
Therefore, I would ask you the following:
- Consider attending by registering – Please refer to the attachment for registration details;
- Share with your networks and encourage others to attend.
NATOC promises to be another effective conference for Aboriginal/Indigenous community leaders and staff who can learn a lot at any level or market readiness. Moreover a number of topics further support information for existing Aboriginal tourism operators and businesses.
I strongly encourage you to register early if you are considering attending given the strong attendance from our first year and limited space.