Since its launch one year ago, Aboriginal Travel Services (ATS) has created relationships with more than 70 Aboriginal communities, businesses and operators throughout the province, helping to fill an identified gap within the province’s expanding Aboriginal economy.
Created by Aboriginal Tourism BC to work with First Nations bands and corporations, Aboriginal Travel Services (ATS), a full-service travel agency dedicated to the business and leisure needs of companies continues to diligently work to provide their clients with the most competitive rates available. Raven Events, a full-service management company, has seen improved productivity and a bottom line due to savings in time and money since working with ATS.
“Our business relationship with Aboriginal Travel Services is multidimensional and an extension of our longstanding partnership with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC,” says Katrin Henry, managing partner for Raven Events. “We recommend ATS to any organization looking to simplify the task of booking travel while reducing their costs.”
As a social enterprise, this First Nations-owned travel agency is working with these groups and other clients to reinvest in the communities it serves, offering scholarships to Aboriginal youth who are entering the field of Tourism and Hospitality. ATS also reinvests monies into Aboriginal tourism development and seasonal internships.
“We are excited to have attracted so many Aboriginal communities to our organization, which has indicated to us that Aboriginal Travel Services has helped to fill a need within our province,” says Scott Roberts, vice president, Aboriginal Travel Services. “Whether travellers are booking trips within the province, or out of market, our team has been able to find them the best rates available, competitive to some of the larger agencies operating in British Columbia.”
In addition to working with a variety of companies outside of the First Nations community, Aboriginal Travel Services is privileged to have been designated as the travel agency of record for the annual BC Elders Gathering. This has enabled ATS to strengthen the working rapport with many First Nations communities in British Columbia.
Working with an established host agency, ATS uses the latest technology including a comprehensive online booking platform, which allows ATS to provide the best rates with airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Completing the full spectrum of services, it also offers full meeting and event planning. With an extensive knowledge of local, authentic Aboriginal experiences, ATS is also able to provide unique packages to interested leisure and corporate travellers.