The Alberta Government is providing a start-up grand to start funding the Indigenous Tourism Alberta industry.
The Alberta Government is giving ITA a three-year start-up cost of $575,000 to help the association with the resources needed to get the indigenous tourism up and running.
During the fiscal 2018 to 2019, Travel Alberta is investing $65,00 to the ITA and signed a three-year agreement to help promote Indigenous tourism.
The goal for ITA, is to share authentic cultural offerings and stories, experiences and make economic growth by creating new jobs and strengthen Indigenous communities across the province.
“Beyond economic opportunities, Indigenous tourism also provides benefits to the indigenous people of Alberta.”
Executive director of Indigenous Tourism Alberta Tarra Wright Many Chief says tourism is a great way to help Indigenous communities and says research shows that theirs clearly a strong high demand for authentic Indigenous tourism.
“Beyond economic opportunities, Indigenous tourism also provides benefits to the indigenous people of Alberta. Tourism provides an opportunity to develop businesses that showcase the community’s traditions and cultures. And enhances cultural awareness and understanding.” Said Many Chief.
Many Chief says the grant will help all of Canada’s tourism industry.
This year marks a major milestone for the ITA. The development is part of the governments goals to help diversify the economy and create investments in communities across Alberta.
Written by: Vanessa Arrate December 11th, 2018
Reported By: Ryan O’Donall