Québec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) is pleased to welcome Marie-Pierre Lainé to the team as Development Advisor. She has been in office since September 17.
Marie-Pierre is a member of the Huron-Wendat community. She has had the opportunity to work with all of Quebec’s First Nations throughout her career. In addition to her multidisciplinary academic background, Marie-Pierre has first-hand experience regarding Indigenous contextual realities. Strongly motivated, she will be instrumental in contributing to the development and outreach of the Indigenous tourism sector through her commitment and versatility. She is creative and adaptable; these assets will help her meet the various needs of QAT’s members. Having a keen interest in bringing peoples together and in promoting the wide array of Indigenous cultures, Marie-Pierre feels drawn to several Indigenous tourism projects in Quebec and will collaborate closely with entrepreneurs, members and partners connected to our mission.
We take great pride in her appointment. We wish Marie-Pierre lots of success and fun as she embarks with us on the wonderful journey of Indigenous tourism!
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.