2017 AITC Presentations

2017 AITC Conference Presentations

AITC is a high quality, unbeatable educational forum for tribes, tribal businesses, Native-owned businesses, and all in the tourism industry where attendees share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the U.S.

The exceptionally unique and in-depth program features an impressive line-up of expert speakers from around the U.S. and the globe, whose experience offers new information and valuable guidance for all – from attendees just entering the tourism industry to those with vast experience and established tourism programs.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Session A1: Tourism 101

  • Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor of Tourism Studies Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Hannah Messerli, Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University

Session A2: The Indian Boarding School Experience – Hidden, but Not Forgotten

  • Bobbi Rahder, Stewart Indian School Cultural Cente
  • Angie Brus, Carlisle Indian School Project (CISP) Executive Director
  • Cheryl Stevens, CISP Advisory Council

Session A3: Intellectual and Cultural Property

  • Melody McCoy Esq., Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Session A4: Securing Financial Partnerships for your Tribal Tourism Project

  • Rick MacLeod Farley, MacLeod Farley and Associates
  • Christopher Thompson, Director, Office of Economic Development, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session A5: Tourism Planning – Transportation

  • LeRoy Gishi, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Richard (Dick) Basch, NPS, Lewis and Clark Trail Geotourism Project
  • Nina Alexander, Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Session A6: International Outreach Part 1

  • Mary Motsenbocker, President, International Tourism Marketing

Session A6: International Outreach part 1

  • Catherine Prather, National Tour Association

Session A7: NativeAmerica.travel Website

  • Sandra Anderson, IT & Website Development Coordinator, AIANTA and Manager, NativeAmerica.travel
  • Anna Barrera, A2B Consulting

Session A8: Tourism Data – Domestic and International

  • Ron Erdman, Team Lead, Research, U.S. Department of Commerce – Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

Session A8: Tourism Data – Domestic and International

  • Rick Cain, Vice President, Longwoods International USA Inc

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Breakout Session B1: Tourism 101

  • Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor of Tourism Studies Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Hannah Messerli, Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy, The George Washington University

Session B2: Federal Partners: Resources and Programs (Public Lands)

  • Donald Leadbetter, Tourism Program Manager National Park Service
  • Angela West, National Director Tourism & Community Service at Bureau of Land Management
  • Toby Bloom, National Program Manager, Travel, Tourism and Interpretation, USFS, Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources
  • Sally Butts, Acting Supervisor for BLM’s National Conservation Lands

Session B3: Indigenous Product Development in Canada

  • Keith Henry, B. ED, President & CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada

Session B4: How to Grab the Attention of the Media: Lessons from A Travel Editor

  • Norie Quintos, Editor at large, National Geographic Travel Media

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Breakfast, General Session, Keynote Address

Brand USA and AIANTA

  • Aaron Wodin-Schwartz, Vice President, Public Policy for Brand USA

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session B5: Importance of Cultural Sensitivity and Customer Service

  • Rachel Moreno AIANTA Vice President

Session B6: International Outreach Part 2: Expanding Outreach in Europe

  • Donatello Osti, Commercial Specialist at U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Chrystal Denys, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Trade Administration

Session B7: Conducting a Tourism Assessment of Your Destination

  • Kristin Lamoureux, Professor of Tourism Studies, Virginia Tech University
  • Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, The George Washington University

Session B8: Indigenous Foods

  • Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council
  • Pati Martinson, Member Leadership Council at Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session C1: Native Act and Federal Grant Opportunities

  • Carolyn McClellan, Assistant Director, Programs, Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian

Session C2: New Tourism Tends 1 – Indigenous Foods

  • Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council
  • Pati Martinson, Member Leadership Council at Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA)

Session C3: After the Tourism Assessment: Tourism Governance, Product Development & Entrepreneurship

  • Anna Barrera, A2B Consulting
  • Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor of Tourism Studies Virginia Tech University

Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Session C5: Grant Writing 101 and Grant Compliance

  • Amber Paluch, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Gail E. Chehak, AIANTA Outreach Coordinator

Session C6: Effective Story Telling: Visual, Digital and Innovative ways to Attract Visitors

  • Florian Herrmann, HMS-Global, Visit USA Parks, Lee Vale, Alaska Native Voices

Session C7: New Tourism Trends 2 Agritourism

  • Dan Moore – Ceo, Consultant, Lead Facilitator
  • Pandion, Michelle Danforth-Anderson, Marketing & Tourism Director, Oneida Nation in Wisconsin
  • Kelly M. McAndrews, Staff Attorney, Oneida Law Office

Session C7: Legal Considerations

  • Kelly M. McAndrews, Staff Attorney, Oneida Law Office

Session C7: Oneida Big Apple Fest

  • Michelle Danforth-Anderson, Marketing & Tourism Director, Oneida Nation in Wisconsin

Session C8: NativeAmerica.Travel Website – Destination Website Content Development

  • Sandra Anderson, IT & Website Development Coordinator, AIANTA and Manager, NativeAmerica.travel
  • Anna Barrera, A2B Consulting

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Lunch, Closing General Session, Keynote Address

Bright Path, The Jim Thorpe Story

  • Chris Taylor (Executive Producer)
  • Rick Hill (Executive Producer)
  • Abraham Taylor (Writer, Producer)
  • Angie Brus, Executive Director, The Carlisle Indian School Project
  • Ed Hall, III, CISP Vice President
  • Cheryl Stevens, CISP Advisory Council.

AMERICAN INDIANS AND ROUTE 66

More than half of Historic U.S. Route 66 lies in Indian Country, roughly 1,372 miles. AIANTA, in collaboration with the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and Cherokee travel writer Lisa Hicks Snell, has published a tour guide of Route 66, bringing American Indian voices and a new perspective to this iconic highway.

To learn more, visit www.AmericanIndiansAndRoute66.com

Education & Training

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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.

 

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NativeAmerica.Travel

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Partnership Development

AIANTA’s best work is done by connecting with tribal, federal, state and industry leaders.  Through strong relationships with our partners and stakeholders, we are able to move our mission forward.

 

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