Planning for a Post-COVID 19 World: How Indigeno Travel is Preparing for the Comeback
Chris Maxfield, Founder of Indigeno Travel and Vice President of Business Development, will provide an overview on the status of corporate travel and Indigenous tourism experiences, domestically and abroad, with due emphasis on the recovery to-date in a number of countries. It is generally accepted that the economy – travel and tourism very much included – will recover as COVID recedes. With an eye to that future, Chris will provide an overview of Indigeno Travel and the steps it is taking to participate fully in that recovery while continuing to create meaningful jobs and valuable revenue streams for Indigenous people.
Presented by Chris Maxfield – Indigeno Travel, Founder & VP Business Development
Chris was raised in the village of Chippawa, Ontario just a couple miles above the brink of Niagara Falls. As a young man, he moved to Manitoba in 1981 to pursue a career in music. Since the early 1990s, Chris has worked exclusively for Indigenous-owned businesses in the fields of insurance, pensions and benefits. In 2015, Chris founded Indigeno Travel with his long-time friend, Darrell Phillips, an Anishinaabe from Hollow Water First Nation. In 2017, as Darrell faced death from a terminal illness, Chris pledged to continue working with Darrell’s wife Charlene to fulfill the Indigeno dream of creating meaningful jobs for Indigenous people and promoting Indigenous tourism in Canada and worldwide. Today, Charlene works alongside Chris as Indigeno’s VP of Employment Diversity. Chris lives in Winnipeg and is married to Mona. Together they have two grown daughters, both artists just like their parents!
Indigeno Travel is a business with an economic and a social mission: to create meaningful careers for Indigenous people, generate much-needed revenue for Indigenous communities and provide unique value for our Indigenous and non-Indigenous customers alike. We are Canada’s leading edge, Indigenous-owned full-service travel agency. In addition to corporate and leisure travel, we specialize in creating world-class Indigenous tourism itineraries. By promoting Indigenous cultural entrepreneurs and community-based tourism experiences, Indigeno contributes to local economies and builds capacity in our Indigenous heartland.
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