Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:00am EST

Join ITO for the first webinar discussing the latest recovery plan and ITO’s Business Support Broker services
ITO is working to protect the Indigenous tourism sector and has created The Path Forward: A Framework for Ontario Indigenous Tourism Recovery to help the industry restart and recover when the time is right. We are hosting this webinar to further explain this 3 phase approach and what supports are available to you through ITO at this time. 

Stay tuned! More details to follow at the end of this week.
More on Business Support Broker (BSB) Services

BSB services are available until the end of May. If you are a member and you have not yet received support from our BSB team, please connect with the BSB in your region to assist you with your specific COVID-19 needs.

TIAO is Ontario’s tourism association, recognized by government and industry as the voice of tourism in Ontario. TIAO advocates for the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator in order to serve the interests of Ontario’s diverse tourism industry and business community.

In 2018, ITO and TIAO formed an agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Both parties acknowledged that an important element in achieving a vibrant Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario is the continued sharing of experiences and expertise between the two organizations. Since that time, the two organizations have worked together to ensure the voice of Indigenous tourism is well represented at the provincial level.

Over the last few weeks, ITO and TIAO have worked diligently to advance the implementation of the intent of the MOU. ITO is pleased to share that TIAO will be registering all ITO members as full TIAO members. There will be no cost to Indigenous tourism businesses and a graduated membership structure has been agreed to that spans over the next four years.

TIAO will be reaching out to connect with ITO members to welcome and support them during the signup phase.

See the full benefits of TIAO membership HERE

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence. The application period closes June 1st, 2020.

The Indigenous Tourism Award is presented to an organization, individual or experience that has demonstrated a commitment to the development and promotion of authentic, cultural Indigenous experiences for visitors to Ontario. To read the award criteria and how to apply please
click here.

We encourage all of our members to consider nominating themselves or others for not just the Indigenous Tourism Award, but any and all awards they feel apply to them. 

Check out the other available industry awards:
Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence
Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence
Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

Over 600 Indigenous tourism businesses requested $14.4 Million from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund.

Read the full press release HERE.

In partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), the Conference Board of Canada is conducting a research survey to assess the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada.

Your input is urgently needed to help ITAC understand the extent of COVID-19’s damage to the Indigenous tourism sector and to make the strongest case possible for improving stimulus funds to help Indigenous tourism businesses recover from this pandemic.

We urgently need input from all Indigenous organizations, artists, and businesses that provide cultural experiences, goods and/or services to tourists. Please complete the survey to help ITAC better understand the economic impact of this pandemic on the Indigenous tourism industry.

Survey closes May 13th. To take the survey, click HERE

Because you can’t say MIIGWETCH enough.

When we are taught to give thanks, we are taught gratitude should be plentiful so ITO is initiating #MiigwetchMonday to perpetuate that teaching. Every Monday we’ll be saying Miigwetch to individuals and organizations keeping us inspired in these challenging times.

If you missed it this week, we thanked all of our members and industry partners who have come together as a tourism family to help each other so we can all try to come out the other side stronger than ever. 

Join us Mondays on Facebook and Instagram to say Miigwetch! 
  • Use the hashtag #MiigwetchMonday
  • Tag us
  • Show your gratitude
  • Invite others to join in

How to Turn a Walk in the Woods Into an Ancient Indigenous Kitchen Staple

“Easy foraging can add a touch of the forest to your tea, stews, and even bath.” – Luke Fater

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