The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | April 11, 2022
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Photos from Washington D.C.
I spent last week in Washington, D.C. to attend my first Board meeting for the U.S. Travel Association and to represent Native Tourism by meeting with partners and elected officials. Look for images from my trip on Facebook.
Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism
Explore the Fundamentals of Tribal Tourism

AIANTA has teamed up with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to present the Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism.

The six-week online program brings together industry experts who help students explore the importance of including authentic Native American cultural experiences in their tourism planning.

Discounts are available for AIANTA Members!
Sign Up for Go International
April 19-20, 2022

AIANTA’s annual two-day Go International is this month and we've confirmed some amazing speakers, including

  • Kate Anderson (Citizen Potawatomi), Director of Public Relations; Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Jeri Clausing, Co-Founder; Travel Essentials
  • Anina Grasso, Director of Travel Experiences Development; Destination America
  • Richard Launder, President and CEO, Destination America
  • Bruce Rettig, Tribal Content Developer, AIANTA
  • Patty Talahongva (Hopi), Senior Correspondent, ICT (Indian Country Today)
  • Indalecio Vallejos, Director, New Mexico; U.S. Commercial Service

All our speakers will bring actionable tips and advice on attracting international travelers, building group business and working with the media. The two-day event concludes with a hands-on workshop where you will pitch your tourism product to an industry tour operator and get practical advice on what they are and aren't looking for in their Indigenous tourism partners.

Thanks to Our Go International Sponsors
AIANTA extends a warm thanks to Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation and Isleta Resort & Casino for sponsoring this event! Additional sponsorships are still available so please contact us if you're interested.
Tourism Survey
AIANTA launched its fourth State of Indian Country Tourism Industry survey. The survey will help us measure indigenous and Native communities’ confidence in the growth of the visitor industry for the coming year.

Please take a moment to complete the brief survey now.
Deadline to take the survey: April 15, 2022

AIANTA is Now Hiring
AIANTA is seeking four energetic, well-organized self-starters to serve in the following positions:

Information Specialist
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2022

Native Arts and Culture Coordinator
Deadline to Apply: April 20, 2022

Agritourism Specialist, Native Product and Program
Deadline to Apply: April 22, 2022

Education & Visitor Outreach Specialist
Deadline to Apply: April 30. 2022
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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