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Budget “short-sighted”: $6B potential of Indigenous tourism overlooked, says ITAC – PAX News


The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) says it is frustrated with the lack of long-term investment into “one of Canada’s fastest growing industries.”

Responding to the federal government’s 2023 budget, which was tabled Tuesday (March 28), ITAC noted Ottawa’s lack of investment into Indigenous tourism, which amounted to just one year, despite the global interest and potential of the industry.

ITAC is “disappointed” in the lack of investment into the long-term and Indigenous-led initiatives required to secure the industry’s future, as well as support ITAC’s plan to make Canada a global leader in Indigenous tourism by 2030 with an estimated contribution of $6 billion in GDP annually.

“The global demand for Indigenous tourism is growing significantly making it one of the fastest growing industries in Canada,” said Keith Henry, president & CEO of ITAC. “To reach this ambitious goal we need to have stable, long-term funding and we need to support Indigenous-led solutions. We’re extremely disappointed to once again be overlooked by our government.”

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