Welcome to the American Indigenous Tourism Conference


Cultural Tourism: Changing the Narrative

The theme of this year’s American Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) underscores the transformative journey of native nations and communities in reshaping the narrative that has long been shaped by external forces. The narrative, once crafted and disseminated by others, is now being reclaimed and redefined by Indigenous voices themselves. This paradigm shift signifies a departure from the outdated notion of representation without participation; instead, it heralds a new era of collaboration and ownership, where Indigenous perspectives, rooted in centuries-old traditions and wisdom, take center stage. It is a pivotal moment for Indigenous peoples as they assert their agency, share their stories authentically, and showcase their rich cultural heritage. In essence, it marks a resounding call for recognition, respect, and empowerment—a testament to the resilience and vitality of Indigenous communities.

It’s Our Time!

26th Annual American Indigenous Tourism Conference
October 28-31, 2024

Paragon Casino Resort
711 Paragon PI
Marksville, LA 71351
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of  Louisiana

It’s an exciting time for travel and tourism in America’s Indigenous communities. The AITC is the only national conference dedicated to growing tourism in America’s Indigenous communities and the energy is electric as we prepare to celebrate the 26th anniversary. Taking place from October 28-31, 2024, at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, this is a must attend event for anyone looking to grow their presence in this vibrant industry. Join more than 300 attendees for networking opportunities, high-level keynotes, and informative sessions led by top hospitality and tourism experts. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate and elevate Indigenous tourism!

Discover the Value of Attending the AITC

Are you interested in gaining invaluable insights into Indigenous Tourism? Look no further than the AITC – the perfect event for those looking to connect with fellow Tribal leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals in areas such as tourism, museums, fish and wildlife, parks and recreation and more. Even if you are not directly involved in the industry, media professionals and travel enthusiasts alike can benefit from attending this conference and learning more. The event also provides a fantastic networking opportunity for artisans and exhibitors who are interested in showcasing their products and services and forming valuable partnerships. So don’t wait, secure your spot today and take the first step towards advancing your career in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Tourism that honors traditions and values!

Sponsor AITC

Extend your visibility by sponsoring AITC, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism across Native Nations and communities. 

Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards

Visit the official nomination portal to share the inspiring stories of destinations and individuals that epitomize the very best of Indigenous travel and tourism. Deadline to submit: June 30, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. MT

Call for Exhibitors & Artisans

We’re looking for Exhibitors & Artisans for the 26th Annual AITC!

Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

 

 

Tribal Team Sponsors

Pearl River Resort

UNLV Tribal Education Initiative | College of Hospitality

Goldbelt, Inc.

Emerging Leaders Sponsors

Historical Research Associations, Inc.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Native American Agriculture Fund

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Bureau of Land Management

National Endowment of the Arts

National Park Service

United States Forest Service