Monthly Roundup: September 2017
Your resource for all things Indian Country tourism
Celebrating New Partnerships
AIANTA and ATAC Sign MOU in D.C.
On September 7, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), with the purpose of establishing a framework for cooperation between the two associations – and Canada and the United States.
The MOU intends to further enhance collaboration opportunities between AIANTA and ATAC; enrich understanding, education and cultural exchange among the members; offer business development and cultural education opportunities for the members; and support the long-term economic viability of tribal communities and each tribal member through collaboration efforts. Jointly, it will increase tourism Native American and Aboriginal Canadian tourism.
AIANTA and BLM Sign LOI during American Indian Tourism Conference
On September 13, during the American Indian Tourism Conference in Green Bay, the Bureau of Land Management and AIANTA signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to continue and further their work in promoting tribal tourism on federal and tribal lands.
This LOI and the partnership thereunder, is meant to document that AIANTA and the BLM have the intention to strengthen collaboration and coordination related to travel and tourism on Federal and tribal lands in the United States.
Hear More from AIANTA:
NAFOA’s Fall Finance and Tribal Economic Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma
October 2-3, 2017
AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and AIANTA At-Large Board Representative Travis Owens will be speak on the panel, “Growing Revenue by Expanding our Culture of Hospitality,” during the 2017 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference.
International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 10, 2017
AIANTA Website Development Coordinator Sandra Anderson and AIANTA Outreach Coordinator Gail Chehak will give a half day workshop at this conference, where they will cover “Tribal Cultural Tourism as a Tool for Community and Economic Development.”
11th Annual Biz Fest, Maui, Hawaii
October 11, 2017
AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson will be speaking about AIANTA, the NATIVE Act, potential funding and partnership opportunities, an overview of AIANTA programs as well as her experience in cultural tourism development.
Camille will be speaking alongside U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI); Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria; Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA); and Founder and President of the Hawaii based Life Enchantment Institute of the Pacific LLC Ramsay Mahealani Taum.
Welcome AIANTA’s New Board Member:
AIANTA is proud to introduce our newest Board Member, Christopher Thompson, as an Eastern Region Representative. Christopher is the Director of the Office of Economic Development with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT)
Welcome New Members: August 2017
We encourage you to take a moment and read a little about each of our new AIANTA members.
If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to learn more about membership, contact Gail Chehak at 505.243.3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Look Back At the 2017 American Indian Tourism Conference
From September 11 through 14, more than 250 tribal representatives, native business owners, tourism professionals and federal partners flocked to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference.
Thanks to Our Hosts and Sponsors for Making AITC 2017 Possible
AIANTA was proud to host the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bayon the beautiful homelands of the Oneida Nation. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our host tribe for the opportunity to hold our conference at Oneida and to experience the Oneida people and traditions.
Our incredibly generous partners and sponsors make the American Indian Tourism Conference possible.
The 6th Annual Enough Good People Awards Gala and Silent Auction:
A Tremendous Success!
Every year, AIANTA host’s the Enough Good People Awards Gala and Silent Auction to celebrate people and organizations that have helped move the mission of AIANTA forward. As part of the Gala, we also hold a silent auction with proceeds going to our scholarship program.
The awards event recognizes the “best of” the tribal hospitality and tourism industry, accompanied by dinner, entertainment and a silent auction featuring extraordinary items, which include Native artwork from all over the country and overnight stays at tribal destinations throughout Indian Country. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit the AIANTA scholarship program.
Save the Date for the 20th Annual AITC: September 17-20, 2018
“AIANTA and the work it has accomplished has grown tremendously in the past 20 years, and we are excited to celebrate by bringing the American Indian Tourism Confe
rence back to New Mexico in 2018, where it all began.” – Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director
Join us for the 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, September 17-20, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the Pueblo of Isleta.