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WINTA Joins the Indigenous Tourism Community in Congratulating AtBC – Plan to Launch Aboriginal Travel Services April 2nd, 2014

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Vancouver, BC – Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) has continued to identify strategic priorities to assist and support Aboriginal cultural tourism businesses in conjunction with the current AtBC five year plan entitled The Next Phase 2012-2017.

Over the course of the past few years AtBC has explored the concept of providing an Aboriginal travel service initiative to provide further marketing and business support for current Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences that are market ready. The Aboriginal Travel Services business plan is designed to support an increased visitation for Aboriginal tourism experiences as well as provide corporate travel solutions for Aboriginal communities, supporting partners and organizations who want to support the Aboriginal tourism industry.

Aboriginal Travel Services has been established today to support corporate travel services for any partner with a focus on serving the Aboriginal communities, Tribal Councils, corporate partners and Aboriginal tourism businesses.

AtBC CEO Mr. Keith Henry stated; “The launch today is a major achievement. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication by our management team and board of directors. Extensive review and research was completed and AtBC is extremely proud to launch a First Nations owned and operated service that will reinvest revenues into the Aboriginal tourism industry.”
AtBC Chair Brenda Baptiste stated, “Our leadership team has made Aboriginal Travel Services a priority and this demonstrates commitment to our stakeholders showing that we are working hard to bring business in new marketing and direct travel planning support. It also provides Aboriginal communities with a new corporate travel support service creating and supporting our own economies.”

AtBC CEO Mr. Keith Henry concluded; “The future continues to be exciting and Aboriginal Travel Services offers future sustainability to market Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia as well as meet the travel services for all corporate needs including booking flights, hotels, and car rentals.”

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