A $2.25-million shot in the arm from the federal government is designed to expand the growing Aboriginal tourism sector, said the federal tourism minister.
Bardish Chagger, who was in Victoria to take part in the Impact Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference, said the money will help ensure Aboriginal tourism can grow and sustain itself. “This is about Indigenous people supporting Indigenous business,” said Chagger. The money is to be handed out over three years to Aboriginal Tourism B.C.
“The Government of Canada takes that relationship seriously. It’s a priority for our government and this is how we will help grow on our commitment for reconciliation,” she said in an interview. “We want these communities to be sustainable, to be able to grow opportunities for future generations and this $2.25 million will make sure these businesses are market ready and are able to develop Aboriginal tourism and create capacity.”
The money is intended to support more than 400 Aboriginal cultural tourism businesses in B.C. by helping establish new products and marketing campaigns.
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