AIANTA Seeks Native Hosts for 2024, 2025 AITC
AIANTA requests proposals for upcoming 2024, 2025 American Indian Tourism Conferences
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (May 13, 2022) – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is seeking proposals from qualified Native American and Alaska Native tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, and/or tribal enterprises, hotels or casinos to host the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in 2024 and 2025.
“As cultural tourism becomes a growing priority for Native communities and organizations looking to create local jobs that support Native cultures and values, AITC offers a national venue for networking and information sharing,” said Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe), AIANTA CEO. “We’re looking forward to working with new partners and destinations for our 26th and 27th annual conference.”
The only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country, AITC draws some 300 tribal leaders, Native entrepreneurs, federal partners, cultural and museum professionals, historic presentation officers, artists, media and other hospitality representatives from the travel and tourism industry.
AIANTA is looking for a Native hosts for the 2024 and 2025 conferences. The host is responsible for identifying a local Native venue and also agrees to establish an active or regional host committee to support the AITC conference planning team.
AIANTA will accept proposals submitted by U.S.P.S., courier service or email by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on June 30, 2022. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.
View the official AITC Request for Proposal (RFP) here.
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About the American Indian Tourism Conference
The annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country, connects tribal leaders and tourism enterprises with tourism and hospitality professionals to help grow tourism in tribal communities throughout the United States. www.aianta.org/aitc
Founded in 1998, AIANTA was established by tribes for tribes to address inequities in the tourism system. Governed by an all-Native board of directors, AIANTA serves as a united voice for the $14 billion Native hospitality sector. AIANTA’s priorities are (1) to provide technical assistance and training, research, and publications to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities engaged in tourism and hospitality; 2) to facilitate conversations with the Native communities, federal agencies, non-profit associations, and elected officials on the economic and cultural importance of a healthy hospitality industry; (3) to highlight the importance of visiting authentic Native destinations, including cultural, heritage, historic, and artistic sites; and (4) to generate awareness, interest and demand for these destinations with domestic and international travelers, the travel trade and the media.