Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism

  • Tuesday,  April 20
  • Tuesday,  July 20
  • Tuesday,  January 18, 2022
  •  Tuesday,  May 17, 2022


April 20 – The Procurement Needs

  • Ceremonial specialty products,
  • Hand-made items (gifts and food products), and
  • Facilitators/interpreters/trainers/teachers for a tourism operation in Northern BC.

April 20 – The Opportunities

  • Investigate partnership opportunities in tourism development with a project group that advocates for 100% community ownership, but is open to equity discussions,
  • Discuss project-specific financing with the First Nations Bank of Canada,
  • Connect with companies and communities, from the West Coast of Vancouver Island to St. John’s. All want to be engaged in the tourism industry or are already!
  • Get into the product line-up of a travel agency that will market your tourism venture to national and international markets!
  • If you need help managing your hospitality operation, have a conversation with an Indigenous-owned company that may solve your capacity dilemma,
  • Get into the supply chain of operations and raise awareness for your product among industry-decision makers,
  • Gain access to value-add products that will increase the revenue yield of your campsite, golf course, resort etc.,
  • If you are in Ontario and specifically South Eastern Ontario, connect with your tourism associations to see what resources they have to support your tourism operations or ambitions,
  • Book, invest in, or partner with a well-established and authentic Indigenous tourism operation in Northwestern BC that is looking to expand and upgrade with a focus on cultural and social growth,
  • Find an Indigenous accommodations provider to prepare a corporate retreat for your team after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted or book an experience for your team that support its cultural competence,
  • Add front line and customer service training to your capacity game plan to maximize the greatest resource in tourism: people,
  • Find products and services to ensure the safe operation of your hospitality operation or attraction in light of COVID-19,
  • Add horsepower to your funding and financing strategy through consulting services with a record of project success, and
  • Discuss tourism development plans and opportunities with an Indigenous community that is poised to become a significant tourism driver in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

April 20 – The Biggest Gaps

  • Commercial insurance/risk management services for tourism operations, and
  • Investment partners.
  • Technology including e-commerce product and services.

For this series we are also looking for:

  • Ideas, tools and connections to support COVID-19 recovery.

We are pleased to partner with Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) on this event. ITO is the province’s first and only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization that focuses on uniting communities, Indigenous organizations and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in Ontario. ITO is working in tandem with its provincial counterpart TIAO to advocate 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.

As ABM is about supporting business with the ultimate aim of achieving regenerative economies that create equitable prosperity for all, we are always motivated and energized by organizations that collaborate effectively. We are therefore thrilled to do our part to support the organizations’ mandate to strengthen the tourism industry in Ontario and beyond.

Recognizing the interconnection between the industry nationwide and globally, THIS EVENT SERIES DOES NOT STOP AT ANY BORDER! It is relevant to all tourism business, international buyers and all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that want to stabilize and increase revenues, build, support and expand the industry through partnerships and new business relationships. We are also encouraging our US network to get involved!

Tourism is one of the sectors hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19. Collaborations and partnerships are needed to prepare recovery but also to strengthen the sector right now. Conversations will include anything from efforts on domestic market opportunities to the short-term re-purposing of tourism assets for other industries.

From Kevin Eshkawkogan, CEO, ITO:

“With the global situation making it so difficult to generate revenues, Indigenous businesses must support each other now more than ever before. It is for this reason that Indigenous Tourism Ontario is leading the Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism ABM Without Borders event.

We’re very excited to be working with the Advanced Business Match. Not many profit-oriented companies make a point of fusing Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of doing business, so when one of them also happens to be the most effective business-matching event in North America, it’s hard to lose.

ITO is confident that collaboration among our members, and reaching out to the wider ABM Network, is the best avenue for us, and all those in positions similar to ours, to survive the pandemic and become even more resilient in the future. When we move forward hand in hand, we foster the partnerships needed to rejuvenate the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario and across the country.”

Here is ITO’s CONTINUING OUR JOURNEY – Strategic and & COVID-19 Recovery Plan 2020 to 2025.

If you want to register or have any questions about this online event, please connect with us!