Registration will open in August 2019 and people can go online to impactnational.ca and sign up for regular updates.
VICTORIA, BC – The IMPACT Conference was born to create space for inspiring and candid conversations about tourism and sustainability in Canada, and the conference proceedings paper from its inaugural event in 2018 is available and informing programming for 2019.
Returning to Victoria, BC from Jan. 20 to 23, 2019 will be author Elizabeth Becker, Indigenous Tourism Association CEO Keith Henry (co-chair), and Dr. Rachel Dodds. A newly-formed partnership with the Travel Tourism Research Association (TTRA) of Canada will recommend an academic co-chair to join Henry, while SKIFT’s Greg Oates is confirmed as a key note speaker. Greg Klassen from Twenty 31 will once again facilitate the interactive final session of the conference in a bid to highlight key outcomes from the many thought-provoking discussions.
All of the sponsors, delegates, and speakers who supported IMPACT in 2018 were sent the Conference Proceedings Paper earlier this month and it is now available online at www.impactnational.ca for public review. Past delegates are also invited to continue as founding advisors to help inform programming and speakers. The goal this year is to more than double attendance and attract wide and diverse representation not only from across the country but also from all industries and organizations that work in collaboration with tourism and can guide the development of a more sustainable and restorative tourism industry in Canada.
The conversations and outcomes have been captured in this paper to help us move forward and convert words into action over the years to come. We believe we have a great foundation, but this is just the beginning. IMPACT 2019 will build on this foundation, exploring new topics and diving deeper into solutions and opportunities to create a sustainable future, through tourism, in Canada. 2018 Conference Proceedings Paper, Executive Summary.
“At 80 pages long, I think we can confirm that people have a lot to say and are passionate about the legacy of tourism not only as a sustainable industry but to inspire sustainable and restorative practices across all sectors,” says Kayli Anderson, co-founder Synergy Enterprises, who oversaw programming and co-authored the paper with business partner Jill Doucette.
Registration will open in August 2019 and people can go online to impactnational.ca and sign up for regular updates. Plans this year will also include a, “Day of Impact,” on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2019 where people can experience firsthand steps being taken locally to manage sustainability and tourism in one of Canada’s busiest destinations.
Co-founded by Synergy Enterprises, Beattie Tartan, Starrboard Enterprises, and Tourism Victoria, and held annually in Victoria, BC, IMPACT is driven by a desire to align disparate segments of the Canadian tourism industry (government, marketers, planners, operators, investors and academics) behind a vision to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability and restorative practices across all tourism sectors. The focus is on innovation and valid solutions around the positive legacy we want from the tourism and travel industry in a modern and progressive Canada. Having strong indigenous and new Canadian voices at the conference is also critical component of the discussion.
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