AITC 2019 Conference Agenda

AITC 2019 Conference Agenda

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Explore Tulsa Excursion
10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mobile Workshop #1: Cherokee Nation History Mobile Workshop
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; $60

Mobile Workshop #2: Chickasaw Cultural Center
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; $60

Mobile Workshop #3: Muscogee (Creek) Nation History Tour
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $60

The Business of Art

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed for artists. It will discuss working with your tribe to promote tourism; pricing and marketing; working with galleries and museums; getting the most from trade shows; working with other artists to develop studio tours; working with museums and hotels to conduct artist demonstrations/trunk shows.


Opening Reception
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Hosted by Cherokee Nation

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Blessing | Breakfast | Opening General Session
8:00 am – 10:00 am

 Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 1)
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Breaking Down the NATIVE Act

Section 5 of the NATIVE Act mandates that federal agencies such as the Administration for Native Americans, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as other agencies with tourism functions, utilize their grant programs to support the efforts of tribal organizations and use the arts and humanities to help revitalize Native American communities. Hear from federal representatives on what funding opportunities are available to tribes interested in strengthening their cultural heritage and tourism programming.

Behind The Numbers: Domestic & International Travel

In 2017, the United States welcomed 76.9 million international visitors, who collectively spent $255 billion, accounting for 15.7% of all global tourism receipts. That same year, some 1.8 million overseas travelers visited a Native American community, offering an economic boost to sovereign nations across the U.S. In this session, be among the first to see 2018 data and also get a preview of the international travel picture for early 2019. Learn how to participate in AIANTA’s marketing efforts.

Building Tribal Arts Programs

Artists are one of tourism’s greatest assets – sharing culture, producing income for their families and serving as ambassadors for their tribal nation as they travel to artisan shows across the country and around the world. In this workshop, tribal presenters will share how they built their tribal arts programs, from creating trademarks to cooperatives to discussing the benefits of galleries, tours and art markets.

Keynote Luncheon
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Roger Dow, President/CEO, U.S. Travel Association

Breakout Sessions (Block 2)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Public Lands Success Stories
  • Driving Tourism Through Cultural Centers
  • Partnering with RV Parks to Attract Road Warriors

 Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 3)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

  • Case Study: Re-claim Your Narrative by Co-Managing Public Lands

  • Many Roads Lead to Tribal Tourism

  • Geotourism Along the Lewis & Clark Historic Trail

Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Regional Meetings
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AITC Preview Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Breakfast and General Session
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors\
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 4)
10:30 am – 11:30 am

  • Beat the Odds: Casinos Exploring Cultural Narratives

  • Packaging Your Destination

  • The Importance of Customer Service in Cultural Tourism Development

 Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Keynote Luncheon
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (Block 5)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • The Benefits of Limiting Visitor Access
  • Digital Tools for 21st Century Marketing

  • Enhancing Consumer Content with Google Earth

Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 6)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

  • The Strategy of Familiarization Tours
  • Understanding Intellectual Property Rights and Contract
  • Strategic Planning for Cultural Tourism: A Process for Implementing Community and Economic Development

Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 7)
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Tribal Agritourism Development
  • Tourism 101: Building Your Tribal Tourism Program
  • Got Press? How to Pitch Media Like a Pro

Enough Good People Awards Gala & Silent Auction
7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Around The Breakfast Table (Roundtable Discussions)
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakout Sessions (Block 8)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Welcome Centers on Tribal Lands
  • A Native Approach to Sustainable Tourism
  • Trends in the Recreation Economy

Break with Entertainment & Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Block 9)
10:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.

  • Attracting Visitors from Italy & The UK
  • Itinerary Building
  • Developing a Tribal National Park

Keynote Luncheon | Closing General Session
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

For more information, visit the American Indian Tourism Conference home page.