Registration Now Open for 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference

AITC, scheduled for October 25-28 at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, is organized by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and will be held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.


ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (May 7, 2021) – Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), which will be held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, October 25-28, 2021 at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell (Scottsdale), Arizona. The conference, organized by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is the only national conference in the U.S. dedicated to travel and tourism in and for Indian Country.

American Indian Tourism Conference
Date: October 25-28, 2021
Location: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
10438 WeKoPa Way Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

This year’s AITC will take place at the all-new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, which recently unveiled a dazzling renovation. Guests of the hotel, which has received AAA Four Diamond status every year since its opening, can enjoy excellent dining options from an all-star lineup of chefs that have served guests at some of the leading luxury resorts around the world.

Each year, AITC kicks off with unique mobile workshops that highlight the culture of local area tribes and foster networking opportunities for attendees to share, teach and learn from one another. This year’s mobile workshop will provide a deeper dive into cultural activities showcasing Arizona tribes.

A favorite AITC event, the Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards (formerly the Enough Good People Industry Awards), will honor the best and brightest in Indian Country tourism including Tribal Destination of the Year, Best Cultural Heritage Experience, Excellence in Customer Service and Industry Professional Award. This event is accompanied by dinner and a silent auction. The auction serves to raise funds for AIANTA’s tourism and hospitality scholarship program.

Conference registrations begin at $525 for AIANTA members who register by the early bird deadline (September 14, 2021). A select number of exhibitor spaces are available at $800 per booth for members and $1,000 for non-members. As with previous years, the conference will also feature a local artisan fair, and artisans are encouraged to secure a table for $300.

Every year, AITC brings together tribes, tribal enterprises and other travel industry experts for networking, business development and informative, breakout sessions that cover topics of interest with respect to tourism development and marketing.

Now in its 23rd year, AITC is held regionally throughout the United States every fall.

To register and for more information, visit



For nearly two decades, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has served as the national center for providing tourism and recreational travel technical assistance, training and capacity building to American Indian nations. AIANTA is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of Native American tribes and tribal businesses and was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

About the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is an 889-member Native American tribe that calls Central Arizona’s upper Sonoran Desert home. Located to the northeast of Phoenix within Maricopa County, Arizona, the 40-square mile reservation is a small part of the ancestral territory of the once nomadic Yavapai people, who hunted and gathered food in a vast area of Arizona’s desert lowlands and mountainous Mogollon Rim country.

The tribe currently operates a variety of successful enterprises including the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Fort McDowell Adventures, Fort McDowell Farm, Ba’ja Gas, Yavapai Materials and the Eagle View RV Resort.

For more information, contact:
Monica Poling
PR & Media Manager, AIANTA