January 2018 Update

Happy New Year, Members!

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. Now that 2018 is in full swing, it’s back to business here at Travel Nunavut and we are busy preparing for the year ahead. Here is a look at what’s coming up in the next few months:

January 2018

Renew your Business License
Contact your hamlet office for more information.
Renew your Outfitter License
Download the application form.

Northern Lights Conference
Jan 31 – Feb 3 in Ottawa
Travel Nunavut will share a booth with Destination Nunavut and Parks Canada.
Visit www.northernlights.events for more information.

February 2018

Marketing Assistance Program
Deadline to apply is February 9th!
See below for further details.

Community Visits
Feb 6: Taloyoak
Feb 7-8: Gjoa Haven
Feb 12-14: Cambridge Bay
Feb 14-16: Kugluktuk
Feb 22-24: Pond Inlet
Travel Nunavut staff and/or Board member will be visiting these communities to meet with our members and stakeholders.

Kitikmeot Trade Show
Feb 12-14 in Cambridge Bay
Stop by our booth on the trade show floor!
Visit kitikmeottradeshow.ca for more information.

Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show
February 23-25 in Toronto, Ontario
Travel Nunavut will share a large exhibitor space with Parks Canada and several of our members.
Visit the website for more information.

March 2018

Membership Renewal 
Renew yourTravel Nunavut membership by March 31st!
We’ll email you with the details in the coming weeks.

Kivalliq EDO Conference
March 12-16 in Rankin Inlet
Travel Nunavut CEO will attend and present at this annual conference.

April 2018

New Website and Brand Launch 
Stay tuned forTravel Nunavut’s new brand and member-focused website!

May 2018

Rendez-vous Canada 
May 13-16 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Travel Nunavut and Destination Nunavut will attend this annual event along with several of our members.
Visit the website for more information.

Marketing Assistance Program – Apply Now! 

Each year, Travel Nunavut offers our popular Marketing Assistance Program, where members can apply to be reimbursed for 50% of eligible marketing expenses up to a maximum of $1,000.00. Eligible expenses include brochures, advertisements, business cards, websites, attendance at trade shows and more.

Applying is easy: Simply download the program information and application form from our website and email your submission to members@nunavuttourism.com by Friday, February 9th.

Questions? Email us or give us a call toll-free at 1-866-687-8233.

Membership Renewal 

It’s almost time to renew your Travel Nunavut membership for the 2018-19 year! Your current membership expires March 31st, 2018.

In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to all members with instructions on how to renew your membership. If nothing has changed with your business, renewal is quick and easy – simply pay your membership fee by phone, mail or in person. If your contact information has changed or you have new products and services you’d like us to know about, we’ll ask you to fill out the membership application form to make sure we have all the details. Membership renewal forms and payment are due by March 31st, 2018.

Are you an early bird? We’re busy getting our forms updated and translated, but if you’d like to get your membership renewed ahead of time, give us a call toll-free at 1-866-687-8233 or email members@nunavuttourism.com and we’ll get you set up!

Please note: Where applicable, a valid business license, outfitter license and liability insurance are required for membership with Travel Nunavut.

For Nunavut Business Licenses: Contact your local hamlet office
For Government of Nunavut Outfitter Licenses: Download the application form
For Liability Insurance: Call or email us and we’ll put you in touch with our partners at HUB Insurance

New Member Benefit!

Travelling to Ottawa? Members of Travel Nunavut enjoy a discount on accommodations with our partner hotel, the Ottawa Airport Hilton Garden Inn!

Update: New Brand & Website

Two of this year’s biggest projects here at Travel Nunavut have been the development of a new brand and website. These projects were prompted by the change in our mandate to focus exclusively on serving our membership. We saw a need to develop a new brand that reflects our role as the territory’s tourism industry association, and a new member-focused website that showcases our members’ products and services and leads potential tourists down the path to purchase.

Travel Nunavut has been working with our agency Alphabet Creative on these projects and we are excited to announce that we are on track to launch the new website April 1st. The new site will include enhanced member profiles, stunning visuals, interactive content and a members only section to keep members informed and engaged.  

As part of the rebranding process, members will be asked to participate in a special members meeting to vote on a proposed change to the organization’s name. The name change is intended to better identify us as the territory’s tourism industry association now that Destination Nunavut has assumed the role of destination marketing organization. Stay tuned for updates — the special members meeting is being planned for sometime in March!

Welcome, New Members! 

Travel Nunavut has recently welcomed three new or returning members to our organization:

Umingmak Productions (Kugluktuk)
Based in Kugluktuk, Umingmak Productions is dedicated to documenting the natural arctic environment and its people through photography and video. We have a large selection of stock photography and video, and can organize custom work specific to your needs.  From pre-production to principal photography and post-production, we provide wildlife and arctic expertise when it comes to scouting, logistics, field assistance, photography, and filming services for your projects.  We work in all seasons in the communities, on the land, or on the sea ice.  We apply a strict code of ethics and vow to limit disturbance to the environment and subjects being filmed.  Check our website, www.umingmakproductions.ca, for samples of our work.

Tukto Lodge (Kivalliq Region)
Come and enjoy Canada’s ultimate Arctic Experience! Tukto Lodge offers World Class angling for Trophy Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling in one of the most remote and pristine parts of Canada’s Far North. At Tukto, visitors can enjoy nature as they’ve never seen it before alongside our kind, professional and experienced staff.
Call 1.800.230.5519 or visit www.arcticfishing.com for more information.

Inuarak Outfitting (Pond Inlet) 
With over 40 years of guiding experience, Inuarak Outfitting offers sport hunting, dogsledding tours, land trips, boat rentals and much more. Come and explore the High Arctic, learn about Inuit culture and have an experience you’ll never forget with Inuarak Outfitting.
Call 867-899-8551 or email doubletusk@hotmail.com to learn more about our services.

Funding and Lending Programs in Nunavut

Don’t let money be an obstacle between you and your goals for your business! There are many agencies and government departments in Nunavut that offer funding and lending programs for businesses to start up, grow and expand.

Government of Nunavut

Small Business Support Program (ED&T)
This program provides small businesses, community organizations and individuals with support to grow. Program eligibility is limited to Nunavut Residents and businesses majority-owned by Nunavut Residents.

Community Tourism & Cultural Industries Program (ED&T)
This program strengthens community infrastructure and readiness for tourism. Outfitters, tourist establishments, businesses, artist organizations, hunters and trappers organizations, artists, societies, studios or artist co-operatives and municipalities can apply for funding.

Travel Nunavut
Members of Travel Nunavut can apply to our Marketing Assistance Program to be reimbursed up to $1,000 at the end of each fiscal year towards the cost of marketing activities such as advertising campaigns, brochures, attendance at trade shows and more. Email us to find out more!

Regional Community Futures Groups
Each region in Nunavut has a Community Futures Group that provides loans and equity investments to small and medium-sized Nunavut businesses, along with free business counselling services.
Baffin Business Development Corporation: www.baffinbdc.ca
Keewatin Business Development Centre: kbdcgm@qiniq.com
Kitikmeot Community Futures: www.kcfi.ca

Nunavut Business Credit Corporation (NBCC)
Helping everyone from airline and hotel owners, to outfitters, retailers, artists and food producers, NBCC is working to ensure Nunavut businesses can obtain the financing they need — when they need it. NBCC provides financing up to $1,000,000 to both Inuit and non-Inuit businesses based in Nunavut.
Visit the NBCC website at www.nbcc.nu.ca for more information.

Inuit-Specific Financing Organizations
The following organizations provide grants and loans to Inuit-owned businesses in Nunavut:

Atuqtuarvik Corporation
Created by NTI, Atuqtuarvik Corporation is an investment company providing loans and equity investments between $100,000 and $3,000,000 to Inuit-owned businesses.
Visit www.atuqtuarvik.com for more information.

Kakivak Association
Kakivak Association is a community and economic development organization serving Inuit in the Qikiqtani region. Kakivak provides grants and loans to eligible Inuit businesses for pre-start up, start up and expansion activities in all sectors.
Visit www.kakivak.ca for more information.

Kivalliq Partners in Development
Kivalliq Partners in Development provides grants for eligible Kivalliq Inuit-owned businesses. KPID provides grants for pre-start-up, start up, expansion, and business relief to a maximum of $125,000.
Email kpidbusiness@netkaster.ca for more information.

Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC)

ATAC Tourism Development Funding Support Program
ATAC invites Canadian Aboriginal tourism businesses to apply for support funding for tourism product development investments designed to improve their market-ready and export-ready status. This program is intended to assist Aboriginal tourism businesses from as many of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories as possible. The funding amount for any one applicant is a maximum of $10,000.

Member Advocacy: We’re here to help.

Are you facing an issue that is making it difficult to operate a tourism business in Nunavut? Let us know about it.

One of Travel Nunavut’s key priorities is advocacy. We are here to be a voice for our members at the community, territorial and national levels. We advocate for solutions to issues affecting our members and Nunavut’s tourism sector as a whole.

Travel Nunavut works closely with governments, Inuit associations, communities and other agencies on initiatives that support tourism development and sustainability. We provide input in areas such as policy and legislation, licensing and permitting, infrastructure development, and much more.

We want to hear from you! The more we know about the issues affecting our members, the more effective we can be in making positive change. Give us a call or send us an email to share your concerns.