Destination Indian Country: Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: January 2018
Your resource for all things Indian Country tourism
Industry News
Second Annual Go International Training a Success in Albuquerque
More than 40 participants from around the country attended AIANTA’s Second Annual Go International two-day training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 22-23, 2018.
Tribal tourism professionals, industry representatives and entrepreneurs gathered to:
  • Hear from expert speakers from throughout the national and international tourism industry
  • Connect and network with one another around shared vision and goals for business, Indian Country and tourism development
  • Advance and develop their businesses, careers and tourism ventures
  • Gain an understanding  of what is needed and how to participate in international markets
Go International featured renowned speakers from diverse backgrounds to share a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from working with tourism partners, to legal processes and requirements, to developing tourism product and building an itinerary and much more.
Culinary & Agricultural Tourism Become Hot Attractions
As featured in the Tribal Business Journal, read on to learn about how Icy Strait Point is successfully weaving their cultural and environmental assets and resources into their tourism programs. They’ve not only seen success in culinary and agritourism, but have also been able to see great benefits from their tourism efforts in supporting their community – through increased cultural and community engagement to job creation and economic growth.

Read the full story here

Skift Highlights Indian Country Tourism, a global travel industry news outlet and informational platform, recently featured a story focusing on AIANTA’s efforts in Indian Country tourism and the value of international visitation to Native American Destinations.
In the story, “U.S. Indigenous Tourism Association Targets Italian and German Visitors,” author Sarah Enelow highlights recent data collected by the Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office and shared by AIANTA to show the increasing tourism to Indian Country in recent years and the difference in visitation to the U.S. and to Indian Country.
The story mentions the success of our Go International training seminar held this month, which we are looking forward to continuing in future years.

Read the full story here

Welcome New Members

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
Mark Your Calendars for the 20th Annual AITC
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is thrilled to announce the 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 17-20, 2018.
Join us as we celebrate the growth and impact of tribal tourism over the last 20 years and dive into the tourism industry in Indian Country: then and now. We’ll be recognizing t
hose who have contributed to the impact and growth of Indian Country tourism; and celebrating and expanding our knowledge base about the tourism industry and how it has contributed to the perpetuation of individual tribal cultures and the economic growth in communities across the country.


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