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QUÉBEC ABORIGINAL TOURISM: FEDERAL GOVERNEMENT RECOGNIZES 25 YEARS OF WORK
Wendake, April 12, 2017 – It was an honour yesterday for Québec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) to see its past 25 years dedicated to the development, promotion and representation of Quebec’s Aboriginal tourism industry being recognized during Statements by Members in the House of Commons at the Parliament of Canada. QAT is the oldest Aboriginal tourism association in Canada and represents around 150 Aboriginal tourism enterprises of the 11 NATIONS.
Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, highlighted QAT’s 25th anniversary on behalf of the Hon. Minister Bardish Chagger and the Government of Canada. She acknowledged the importance of the Aboriginal tourism industry and thanked the key players who help build Canada’s brand as an original, unique destination. Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, QAT President, received the congratulations on behalf of the association: “Yesterday’s special, emotional moment rewards 25 years of continued dedication put forth by QAT’s team. This recognition celebrates Aboriginal culture; more than 4,000 years of history, identity and sharing. 2017 is a significant year for Canada; it is all the more a crucial year to highlight our industry which shines strong with vibrant, authentic traditions and cultures. “
The Government of Canada recently announced an investment of $8.6 million spread over four years to develop the Aboriginal tourism industry through the implementation of the five-year plan of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada, the national association of which QAT is a member.
QAT is the sectoral tourism association recognized by the provincial ministry of tourism as the official representative of Aboriginal tourism and by the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador as the services and exchange platform for the development and promotion of the Aboriginal tourism offer. Dedicated to the marketing of Aboriginal tourism experiences and products, QAT provides the Aboriginal tourism entrepreneurs of Quebec with a representative body that safeguards their interests, supports their development and offers a range of products and services that promote business development, improve business practices and increase their visibility in tourism markets.
In Quebec, the number of Aboriginal tourism enterprises has more than doubled since the early 2000s. Each year, Aboriginal Quebec welcomes more than a million visitors, sustains about 3,500 jobs and generates an estimated $169 million in economic benefits.
For more information about QAT, visit www.quebecaboriginal.com.
Source: Patricia Auclair, Communications Advisor
Tel: 418 843-5030 Cell: 418 254-5067
From left to right: Dave Laveau, QAT Executive Director, Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, QAT President