After much deliberation with our various partners and in the spirit of wanting to make the first International Garden Tourism Conference a true and vibrant success, the International Garden Tourism Network and the Canadian Garden Council have made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference scheduled to take place in Victoria, BC from October 19 to 22, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
2022 has is no way been a normal year with challenges continuing to arise directly correlated to new waves of the COVID pandemic in addition to numerous travel and tourism disruptions around the world. This makes it highly uncertain if delegates and speakers would be able to travel, despite the high interest we have received from all over the world.
As you may be aware, 2022 is also the ‘Year of the Garden’ in Canada. The development and success of the special activities associated to this year-long campaign have taken far more energy than planned, directly impacting the Council’s ability to focus the necessary attention as hosts and promoters of this unique conference.
We’ll be sure to advise you of the proposed new 2023 date after further consultation with our partners has taken place.
The International Garden Tourism Conference supports gardens around the world in sharing experiences and best practices in Destination Development and Destination Promotion. We will bring together speakers and delegates from the world’s renowned gardens, tourism boards, (online) travel industry and (social) media in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, home to many of Canada’s most popular and beautiful gardens.
This conference is relevant to the management (director, marketing, horticulture, exhibitions) of any garden, festival or horticultural expo, that wishes to expand and broaden visitation and create impactful guest experiences. In fact, we encourage gardens to team up with their regional or national destination promotion agency and (online) travel operators to attend the conference together, in order to develop new insights and opportunities to drive visitation to your place and region.
This conference is organized by the International Garden Tourism Network, a non-profit organization and hosted by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Destination Greater Victoria. The International Garden Tourism Conference has been organized for many years in Metz France until 2016. Since then, regional conferences in North America and Asia continued to be organized. IGTN intends to continue the International edition on a bi-annual basis, starting in 2023 in Victoria, BC.