The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | May 2, 2022

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AIANTA will hold its first-ever Oklahoma Regional Meeting

at the new First Americans Museum on May 11, 2022.

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

National Travel and Tourism Week

May 1-7, 2022

Once a year, led by the U.S. Travel Association, the nation’s hospitality industry comes together to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, which highlights the awesome strength and importance of the U.S. travel industry. Learn more about how you can help spread the word.

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AIANTA Impact Report

We thank all of the 200+ people who have signed our petition asking the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to utilize the NATIVE Act to fund the work of AIANTA, the only national program that acts as the collective voice of the industry in its entirety.

If you haven't already signed the petition, please do so now.
AIANTA's Impact

Last Chance: AITC Call for Speakers

Deadline: May 13, 2022

We've extended the deadline to apply to be a speaker at AITC.

During AITC, session speakers share valuable information on how to build tribal tourism economies through case studies, research results, panels and other demonstrations. Please join us in sharing your learnings with the Native tourism community.

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AIANTA's First Oklahoma Regional Meeting

Join AIANTA at its first-ever Oklahoma Regional Meeting, on May 11, 2022, at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City.

During this forum, led by AIANTA Board Vice President and Oklahoma Region Representative Travis Owens (Cherokee Nation) and AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe), AIANTA will share information about its programs for the coming year. Our topics of discussion will include the impact of Cultural Tourism, ways to engage with AIANTA, how to maximize attendance at and support of the 2022 and 2023 American Indian Tourism Conference, and the benefits of AIANTA membership. 


Upcoming AIANTA Webinars

Growing Your International Tourism Business

May 10, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

Visit Idaho’s recent Tribal Artists in Idaho marketing campaign is an exemplary testament to how tribes and Native businesses can work together to promote Native tourism in the international market. During this webinar, Visit Idaho and U.S. Commercial Service discuss the development of this campaign and other opportunities for international marketing. 

Connecting Health and Healing with Tourism

June 7, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

In this webinar, learn how the plant-based Next Evolution coffee shop, owned by tribal citizen Andrea Martinez, incorporates Indigenous learnings and a people-over-profit philosophy in its business model. 

Webinar Series
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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