The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
June 14, 2021
First day in the Pacific Northwest along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. We visited Cape Disappointment, home of the Chinook people and the western end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Update from Lewis & Clark Outreach Trip
On AIANTA’s first business travel in 15 months, we’ve been meeting with tribal leaders and Native-owned hospitality businesses along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail in Oregon and Washington. We’re excited by the energy and optimism about the future of tourism here in the Pacific Northwest.
Funding Opportunities Update
AIANTA collects funding opportunities that may be of interest to Indigenous or Native American tourism & hospitality enterprises looking to grow their tourism, culture, heritage, arts, agritourism or other culture and heritage programming. If you missed the newsletter, check them out on our website.

AIANTA Town Hall Meeting
June 30, 2021; 1 p.m. MDT
Join AIANTA in the second session of its interactive, new Town Hall series. During this forum, AIANTA will hold an open dialog about its consumer travel site, Celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, is due for a major refresh. The site, which offers travel recommendations to visitors interested in exploring Indigenous experiences throughout the country, offers free listings for all federally (and state) recognized tribes as well as all Native-owned hospitality industry enterprises. As AIANTA looks to redesign, we are seeking valuable community feedback on how the site can best reflect the engaging, dynamic Indigenous experiences available to domestic and international visitors.

Join AIANTA and indigenous tourism enterprises from around the country in a shared booth at IPW, the largest international tourism tradeshow in the United States. AIANTA’s shared booth will present a cohesive tribal tourism message while also providing AIANTA partners with enhanced marketing opportunities through cross-promotional efforts as well as pre-show technical assistance and training. Hope to see you there!

Consider Donating to the AITC Silent Auction
The 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) concludes with an evening gala on Thursday, October 28, 2021 as the 10th annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction is held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. This silent auction takes place on the evening of the gala to raise funds in support for AIANTA’s Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program.

Help AIANTA raise funds for our Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program through our AITC Silent Auction by donating your art, an item, or cash donation. Your support helps American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students pursue post-secondary degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management and other tourism-related fields. 
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

Sherry L. Rupert, Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
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