Welcome to the American Indian Tourism Conference

Reimagine, Re-emerge, Reunite : Stronger Together in Indian Country

Now entering its 23rd year, the Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) is the only national conference dedicated to growing tourism in America’s indigenous communities.

23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
October 25-28, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
Fort McDowell (Scottsdale), Arizona
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Every year the conference attracts more than 300 attendees, who attend for the networking opportunities, the high-level keynote sessions and the informative breakout sessions led by some of the leading hospitality industry experts. At our first-ever virtual conference we had 800 registrants.

 

News & Notes From AITC

2021 AITC Silent Auction 

This silent auction raises direct funding support for AIANTA’s Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program benefiting Native students pursuing post-secondary degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management and other tourism-related fields. Our goals are to ensure that Native students have the financial means to supplement their tuition.

Sponsor AITC

Extend your visibility by sponsoring the 23rd annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country,

A conference sponsorship will provide you with increased exposure to a diverse group of tribal tourism professionals, while also helping AIANTA augment its best-in-class training at this annual conference.

2021 AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament

Join the 2021 AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament at the award-winning We-Ko-Pa Golf Club on Sunday, October 23, 2021. $125 per player or $500 per foursome.–includes tee gift, golf cart and lunch. Prizes are available for the first, second and third-place teams. All proceeds support AIANTA programming.

AITC Mobile Workshop

At the Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, we showcase Native tourism experiences around the area. This year, at the 23rd Annual AITC held in Fort McDowell, Arizona, we will provide guests with three one-of-a-kind cultural tourism experiences in Arizona to choose from. Explore the descriptions below and register for one of our mobile workshops today!

Business of Art Workshop

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.

Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards

As the only organization dedicated to advancing indigenous tourism across the United States, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognizes the best of Indian Country tourism at its annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards ceremony, held every year at the American Indian Tourism Conference.  

About the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

The 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference 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.

The new 166,341 square-foot casino replaces the original McDowell Casino—Arizona’s first casino—which opened as a bingo hall in 1984. Native American design elements—earth, water, fire and basket weaving, all important to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation—are incorporated throughout the new casino.

AITC attendees are encouraged to stay an extra day before or after the conference to enjoy the resort’s two outdoor pools, a Yavapai-inspired spa treatment at Amethyst Spa & Boutique, championship golfing at the resort’s two highly acclaimed courses and/or a menu of cultural and outdoor activities from Fort McDowell Adventures.

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.

AITC 2021 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Caesars Entertainment

Arizona Office of Tourism

Arizona Office of Tourism

Bronze Sponsors

Choctaw Country

America 250

Paragon Casino Resort

Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino & Resort

Tribal Team Sponsor

Discover Salt River

Emerging Leader Sponsor

Port Madison Enterprises

Mobile Workshop Sponsor

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation

A Warm Thank You to Our Partners

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs Logo

Native American Agriculture Fund

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

NativeAmerica.Travel

NativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. Start marketing your destination with us today!

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Education & Training

Technical assistance and training is the heartbeat of our work at AIANTA. We provide general and tailored technical assistance, training and education in a variety of ways.

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International Outreach

AIANTA plays a critical role in supporting the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to bring more visitors to the United States, especially in our participation at trade shows internationally and domestically, to promote tourism in Indian Country.

Learn More

Membership

Through AIANTA membership, tribes, the tourism industry and other partners form a dynamic network of shared experiences, resources and support.

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A Warm Thank You to Our Partners

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs Logo

Native American Agriculture Fund

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

NativeAmerica.Travel

NativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. Start marketing your destination with us today!

Learn Much More

Education & Training

Technical assistance and training is the heartbeat of our work at AIANTA. We provide general and tailored technical assistance, training and education in a variety of ways.

Learn More

International Outreach

AIANTA plays a critical role in supporting the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to bring more visitors to the United States, especially in our participation at trade shows internationally and domestically, to promote tourism in Indian Country.

Learn More

Membership

Through AIANTA membership, tribes, the tourism industry and other partners form a dynamic network of shared experiences, resources and support.

Learn More