TULSA, Okla. – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will hold its 15th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) “Tourism: The Economic Engine for Indian Country” hosted by the Cherokee Nation at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Sept. 22-26.
“AIANTA has built many outstanding relationships in every circle of national influence, and we are using that access to generate new opportunities for tribes in tourism,” said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA executive director. “We hope that the caliber of partnerships, speakers and projects our 15th Annual AITC has to offer attendees will inspire Indian Country to grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism.”
In this year’s sessions, attendees will learn more about tour packaging, attracting tour operators, creating itineraries, positioning your tribe for the international tour market, tourism assessment and inventory development, new technologies and strategies for marketing and media, protecting intellectual and cultural property, working with state and federal agencies, safety in hospitality, geo-tourism, how to work with the Smithsonian, and more.
New this year, AIANTA will launch cultural fashion trends and culinary cultural trends sessions.
Award-winning Recording Artist Martha Redbone will be the featured entertainment for AIANTA’s Enough Good People Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7-10pm CST.