What's New at AIANTA
Director's Corner: Expressing Gratitude
The holiday season is a good time to reflect on what we’ve been grateful for over the past year.

For me, there were nearly too many moments to count, but joining AIANTA as the Executive Director has to be close to the top of the list.

AIANTA Wraps Up Successful American Indian Tourism Conference
More than 300 tribal representatives, Native business owners, tourism professionals and federal partners gathered in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the 21st Annual Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC).

Photos from AITC
We've created a gallery of photos of AITC (feel free to add your own photos to this page) over at Google photos.

Also be sure to take a look at some of our favorite social shares from the conference.

Go International: Reserve Your Space Now
Did you know that nearly five percent of overseas visitors to the United States reported visiting an American Indian community last year?

If you're interested in targeting the lucrative international traveler, AIANTA's Go International is the right program for you.

Native American Heritage Month
Check out some of the amazing events happening this November in celebration of Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Best of Indian Country Tourism Recognized at AITC
AIANTA honored the best tribal destinations and the leaders in tribal tourism at the Enough Good People Awards Gala & Silent Auction during the 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tribal Opportunities
AIANTA Seeks Tribal Hosts for Upcoming American Indian Tourism Conferences

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is seeking proposals from qualified Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tribes and/or tribal enterprises, hotels or casinos to host the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Save the Date: AITC 2020
We look forward to seeing you at the 22nd annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country.

AITC 2020, scheduled for September 14-17, 2020, will be hosted by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation at the scenic We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.

Share Your Expertise at AITC
AIANTA is now accepting requests from potential speakers for next year's AITC. If you're interested in sharing your knowledge or experience, please complete our 2020 AITC Call for Speakers form.

Take the State of Indian Country Tourism Survey
AIANTA’s “State of Indian Country Tourism” report monitors Native American tourism enterprises around the country and measures sentiment for the coming year.

Survey results are published twice a year and detail how sentiment expectations for the coming twelve months.

Upcoming Industry Events
USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace
Dec. 2-6, 2019
Host: US Tour Operator Association
Location: Orlando, Florida (Eastern)

2019 BIA Tribal Provider’s Conference
Dec. 3-5, 2019
Host: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Location: Anchorage. Alaska (Alaska)
More information: biaprovidersconference.org

Travel Exchange (National Tour Association)
Dec. 8–12, 2019
Host: National Tour Association
Location: Fort Worth Convention Center; Fort Worth, Texas
More information: NTAtravelexchange.com

Go International
Jan. 27-28, 2020
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
More information: aianta.org

Discover Native America
The Museum at the Makah Cultural & Research Center
The Makah Tribe has called the spectacular Neah Bay, Washington area home since time immemorial.

Makah, meaning “people generous with food” in the Salish language, was attributed to the Tribe by neighboring tribes, and the meaning still applies today.

Pre-contact Makah Tribe held a vast area of inland and coastal territory, bordered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean.

The Museum at the Makah Cultural and Research Center houses and interprets artifacts from the Ozette Archaeological Site, a Makah village partly buried by a mudslide 300-500 years ago and discovered in 1970. The museum also provides a glimpse of pre-contact Makah life and features 500 artifacts including whaling and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a full size long house and canoes. Tours, demonstrations, lectures and workshops can all be arranged with advanced notice, and all events are provided by Makah Tribal members. // Read More

In the News
AITC in the News
Three Attractions Recognized as Best in Indian Country Tourism

Alaska Tribal Tourism Takes Top Honors at Enough Good People Awards During American Indian Tourism Conference

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel honored for its cultural tourism program

Albuquerque Casino Takes Top Honors At Enough Good People Awards At American Indian Tourism Conference

Best Tribal Destinations Recognized at American Indian Tourism Conference

Cherokee Nation hosts 21st annual Indian Tourism Conference (video included)

21st American Indian Tourism Conference Underway at Cherokee Nation’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Biz quicks: American Indian tourism conference this week…

Cherokee Nation welcomes 21st annual American Indian Tourism Conference to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

American Indian Tourism Conference underway

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association to host first tribal tourism information gathering session

AIANTA Members in the News
Yurok Tribe accepts UN Equator Prize for forest management
… the Yurok Tribe will be one of the first two indigenous nations in the United States to receive the United Nations Development Programme’s prestigious Equator Prize. The award is an acknowledgement of the Tribe’s forward-looking, climate change mitigation work, which merges Traditional Ecological Knowledge with western science to facilitate the restoration of healthy forests. //  Times Standard

BISON ON THE EDGE: Scientists, Indigenous Peoples Gather to Develop Roadmap for Rewilding North America Bison
American Bison Society conference, cohosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Pueblo of Pojoaque, brings together experts from Mexico to Canada to plan future for iconic species. //  News Wise

8 Guides and Tours to Honor Indigenous Cultures
A growing indigenous-led tourism industry is working to bridge that gap, opening up Native lands and leading hikes, cycling tours, and multi-day trips that explore their histories. //  Outside Magazine

November is officially deemed Alaska Native Heritage Month
The legislation permanently establishes November as Alaska Native Heritage Month. //  KTUU-TV

Coast Salish tribal culture alive at new Mukilteo ferry terminal
When the new Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal opens in 2020, ferry riders will see … indigenous tribes’ stories told throughout the site. //  WSDOT Blog

Cranberry Day Honors Ancient Wampanoag Tradition in the Bogs
For thousands of years, cranberries were an important food source for the Wampanoag communities. Sasumaneash, or “sour berries,” were easily stored and would help families get through the winter. //  Vineyard Gazette

National Food Sovereignty Summit hosted by Oneida Nation
A summit held in Oneida attended by tribes from across the nation focused on bettering their food systems and reinvesting in their culture. //  WBAY Action News 2

Has your tribal or tribal tourism enterprise been featured in the news?  Please let us know .

AIANTA Membership
AIANTA members are well-informed and play a key role in supporting sustainable and authentic tribal tourism that benefits not only member tribes, but all tribes. With your help, we’ll continue to make sure that the right national decision makers hear your voice—and all our voices—so our people can thrive and grow.

Support AIANTA
AIANTA Membership
A gift to AIANTA helps increase the technical support available to Native American-led tourism programs while also fostering a greater awareness of Indian Country destinations, activities and events.

Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events

Go International
Jan. 27-28, 2020
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

American Indian Tourism Conference
Sept. 14-17, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Host: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort/Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Image credits:

AITC Photos (c) AIANTA Staff; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (c) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (c) Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation; Tipi (c) Indian Summer Fest Milwaukee; Frog Bay Tribal National Park, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians.