The Adventure Travel World Summit is a unique opportunity for tour operators to seek out professional development, inspiration and mentorship from a collaborative group of fellow adventure travel professionals from around the world.
Each year the ATTA offers scholarships to motivated operators who show a demonstrated potential for positive impact on local cultural, ecological or historical resources while showing a high level of professionalism and ethical business practices.
If you think your organization would benefit from attending the Summit and if it will help you contribute to meaningful growth of the adventure travel industry then we encourage you to apply for a Tour Operator Scholarship. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on 25 June 2017 or when 75 applications are received. Winners will be announced on July 12.
Three Tour Operator Applicants will receive:
A complimentary membership in the ATTA for one year ($600 USD value)
One ticket to the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit ($1,350 value)
One marketplace table for the 2017 Summit ($750 value)
$1,500 travel stipend for airfare to Salta, Argentina
2017 Scholarship Recipient digital badge
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This year, all entries will be reviewed by members of the ATTA staff and Advisory Board, as well as the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada, and then voted upon to determine the winners based on:
A history of and potential for positive impact
Work related to indigenous tourism (Indigenous tourism refers to tourism activities in which Indigenous people are directly involved either through control of the business and/or by having their culture serve as the essence of the attraction. As such, Indigenous tourism is a distinct form of tourism bridging several other forms of tourism such as ecotourism, cultural tourism, pro-poor tourism, educational tourism, or even events and entertainment.)
Indigenous companies and experience providers owned or controlled by Indigenous people and/or communities will be given a higher priority in the scholarship selection, however it is not a requirement to apply.
“The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) is proud to sponsor this year’s Tour Operator Scholarship Program for the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit. We commend the ATTA for supporting us with a new focus on Indigenous tourism experiences and operators. ATAC is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry in Canada and sharing best practices globally. Our partnership with ATTA is helping us do this by encouraging more participation by international Indigenous tourism operators at the ATWS and other global events. We look forward to welcoming the Indigenous scholarship winners with open arms.”
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today is widely recognized as a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. The membership and trade organization is designed to be a force for the industry and exists to drive thought leadership, industry promotion, and opportunities to network and convene globally to create trade and business health. It currently serves more than 1,300 members in 100 countries worldwide. The constituency is made up of tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents, and accommodations all sharing a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. Through its growing business services division, the ATTA delivers a portfolio of strategic solutions and a robust ecosystem of events around the globe. With specialized expertise in research, events, education, media, and promotion, the ATTA business service division is able to provide valuable solutions to a broad set of partners across many verticals of business.