The Importance of Tourism for Eeyou Istchee Baie-James


Tourism Matters

Tourism is vitally important to our region and communities. It is central to our efforts to preserve our culture and environment and generate economic growth. As a COTA and EIT member, you contribute to the success of your business and your industry and to social and economic benefits in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James.

Why is Sustainable tourism with a strong emphasis on cultural authenticity is important for Eeyou Istchee Baie-James?

  • It allows us to develop our communities and our economy in harmony with the environment.
  • It enables us to preserve our traditional way of life and share our culture with genuinely interested and respectful visitors.
  • It creates attractive career prospects for young Cree, providing them with an opportunity to be representatives for their communities and culture right here at home.
  • It would be difficult for tourism operators to achieve these objectives on their own.

To succeed, we need to work together. Work together to uphold our reputation for hospitality. Work together to create market-ready products. Work together to ensure that visitors are glad they chose Eeyou Istchee Baie-James as their vacation destination.

  • COTA Contact & Hours

    News Item

    December 7, 2021

    Monday to Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Friday 8:30am-1:30pm…

    Phone: 418.745.2220 Toll free:

    Read More

  • AGM & Tourism Conference 2022

    News Item

    December 7, 2021

    COTA’s Annual Tourism Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) continues to be an important event at which mem

    Read More

  • Upcoming Events

    News Item

    December 7, 2021

    Our offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday from December 19th to January 4th inclu

    Read More