The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
October 4, 2021
AIANTA Mother-To-Be, Ariel Richardson
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala & Silent Auction
The annual American Indian Tourism Conference concludes with an evening gala, the 10th annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction, which celebrates leading Indigenous visitor destinations and hospitality professionals.

This year's gala will be outdoors (promoting social distancing) and the theme is Turquoise and Denim. We-Ko-Pa has also arranged a few surprises for guests, so be ready for some fun!

*AITC registrations include admission to gala.
Table sponsorships are available for $1,200 (8 tickets) and individual tickets are open to the public at $150 per ticket.

Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference
October 5-8
The President of AIANTA Board of Directors, Emerson Vallo and Marketing & PR Manager, Monica Poling will be speaking on a panel for the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference. This conference is an opportunity to provide an international approach to indigenous tourism in Chile and the reality of the indigenous peoples who inhabit this territory.

Now Hiring: AIANTA is Seeking Partner Program Coordinator
Deadline to apply: October 8; 5 p.m. MDT
This position is responsible for ensuring the success of a pilot program to implement outreach and engagement efforts and to implement the coordination and hosting of a virtual and in-person event with tribal organizations and federal partner(s) fostering positive relations and advance the interests of tribal tourism in relation to public lands. 

Please submit a cover letter and detailed resume that includes a description of employment history to include name and addresses of employers, scope of responsibility, how you learned of the position, along with three professional references to: Ariel Richardson, Office Manager, AIANTA at by October 8, 2021 by 5 p.m. MDT.

Book Your AITC Hotel Room
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
10438 WeKoPa Way
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Room Rate: $151 plus tax. The local tax rate is 13.92%
Phone: 480-789-5320
Phone: 844-493-5672
Group Name: Mention that you will attend the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) to receive the group rate.

The group room block cut-off date is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Congratulations to Our Mother-To-Be
We are so excited to congratulate our Office Manager, Ariel Richardson on her newest adventure; motherhood! Ariel's baby boy will be joining us earth side in December.

With Ariel out on maternity leave starting in December, we will be looking for someone to temporarily fill her position. Please send any inquiries to Ariel at
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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