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
10438 N Fort McDowell Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85264
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.

 

Why Now is the Time to Reimagine, Re-emerge and Reunite 

Research from the U.S. Travel Association has found attending professional meetings and events has NOT been shown to be a major driver of COVID-19 case counts largely due to the fact that in-person events (exhibitors and attendees) have higher vaccination rates (~80%) than the overall population.

Learn more at Let’s Meet There and view AIANTA’s COVID-19 Mitigation Policy.

AITC Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, October 24

11 a.m.
AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament

Monday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mobile Workshops

1:00  – 5:00 p.m.
Business of Art Workshop

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 26

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies/Regalia Day

10:30 a.m. – noon
Break Out Sessions “1”

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon & General Session

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
AIANTA Town Hall / Information Gathering Session

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

Wednesday, October 27

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

7 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
General Session

10:30 a.m. – noon
Break Out Sessions “2”

noon – 1:45 p.m.
Luncheon & General Session

2 – 3:15 p.m.
Break Out Sessions “3”

3:45 – 5 p.m.
Break Out Sessions “4”

Thursday, October 28

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Break Out Sessions “5”

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Break Out Sessions “6”

12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Luncheon & General Session

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Break Out Sessions “7”

4 – 5 p.m.
The Heart Speaks (Closing Session)

6 – 7 p.m.
No Host Happy Hour

7 – 10 p.m.
Excellence in Tourism Industry Award

AITC Special Events

AITC Charity Golf Tournament

Join the 2021 AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament at the award-winning We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.

Registration is $125 per player and includes tee gift, golf cart and lunch. Prizes are available for the first, second and third-place teams.

Business of Art Seminar

Designed for artists, the Business of Art Seminar features informative sessions on working with tribes to promote arts in tourism, setting pricing, marketing, working with galleries and museums, getting the most from trade shows, working with other artists to develop studio tours, and working with museums and hotels to conduct artist demonstrations/trunk shows.

AITC Mobile Workshops

Join one of two distinctive cultural tourism experiences to learn more about tribal tourism operations in Arizona.

==> Fort McDowell Experience
==> Verde Valley / Montezuma Castle

News & Notes From AITC

Hawai‘i Tourism Industry to Spread the Aloha During AITC

Hawai‘i Tourism Industry to Spread the Aloha During American Indian Tourism ConferenceKānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) speakers include Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority President & CEO John De Fries, Kainoa Daines of the HVCB and Daniel Nāhoʻopiʻi of SMS Research.FOR...

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We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort to Unveil New Dining Studio

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort to Unveil New Dining Studio on October 13Its first two all-you-can-eat food stations will offer authentic, delicious Asian and Mexican cuisine  The latest addition to the casino’s comprehensive fine- and casual dining options, the new...

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Donate to the AITC Silent Auction 

The AITC Silent Auction raises funding for AIANTA’s Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program benefiting Native students pursuing degrees in Tourism and other hospitality-related fields.

Sponsor AITC

Extend your visibility by sponsoring AITC, 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 conference training programing.

Exhibitors & Artisans

Exhibitor and artisan tables at AITC provide direct access to the 350 tribal tourism and hospitality industry professionals who attend this annual gathering.

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

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Caesars Entertainment

Arizona Office of Tourism

Arizona Office of Tourism

Acoma Business Enterprises

Bronze Sponsors

Choctaw Country

America 250

Paragon Casino Resort

Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino & Resort

Visit Cherokee Nation

Tribal Team Sponsors

Discover Salt River

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

Emerging Leader Sponsor

Arizona American Indian Tourism Association

Port Madison Enterprises

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.

Learn More

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