Arctic Bay outfitter gets booking boost after winning Indigenous tourism award
Three years after starting out, an outfitting company in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, has won a national tourism award for maximizing social benefits while running an environmentally-friendly business.
Arctic Bay Adventures won the Indigenous Adventure Award at the International Indigenous Tourism Conference last.
Kataisee Attagutsiak, the company’s manager, accepted the award with respect to the united team at the conference in Saskatoon.
“I didn’t hear it for another if they said Arctic Bay Adventures, I had something in my own mouth still, I choked almost, it had been so exciting,” she said.
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has placed on the conference going back seven years. Year in recent, a lot more than 500 folks have attended.
The awards recognize tourism businesses which are majority-owned by Indigenous communities or people.
“Because everything is indeed technical nowadays, everybody’s posting as you’re making the speech and you’re walking right down to the podium. Everyone’s instantly marketing for you personally,” Attagutsiak said.
“By enough time I finished my speech we’d 15, 20 bookings from all around the global world, so Arctic Bay will be thriving another few years.”
Economic boost for community
In 2016, the outfitting company started by the Hamlet of Arctic Bay, received an influx of cash from CanNor, Kakivak Association, the national government of Nunavut and the legacy fund of the closed Nanisivik Mine.
The hamlet wished to create jobs and promote the grouped community, that includes a population less than 900.
Attagutsiak said it took time and energy to purchase equipment and train employees in the continuing business logistics, but tourism was an all natural fit.
Arctic Bay is near Sirmilik National Park and the Tallurutiup Imanga marine conservation area.
“As Indigenous people, tourism shouldn’t be a surprise to us because we have been living everything our entire lives. It’s section of us to be welcoming, it’s section of us to showcase our community, to showcase our culture,” she said.
The company already includes a true amount of bookings to take clients out to the floe edge to see narwhal, bowhead whales along with other wildlife this spring.
occasionally weekly of 17-hour days
There is, but Attagutsiak says she finds employed in tourism healing.
“You imagine you’re there for the tourists which are getting into your community, but you’re actually there on your own.
“You do not realize how disconnected you’re from your own ancestors and soon you start showcasing where you result from. You feel very passionate to a genuine point where you cry.”