2018 AITC Presentations

2018 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 17, 2018
10:30 a.m.-Noon

A1: How to Understand and Benefit from Domestic and International Tribal Tourism Research and Data

  • Rick Cain, Vice President, Longwoods International USA Inc;
  • Julie Heizer, Deputy Director, National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

A2: Global Good Practice Guidelines for the Travel Industry Working with Indigenous Communities

  • Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, The George Washington University
  • Anna Barrera,Owner, A2B Consulting
  • Mario Fulmer, Visitor Program Manager, Alaska Native Voices and AIANTA Board Member, Alaska Region
  • Lee Vale, Business Development and Operations Manager, Alaska Native Voices

A3: New Market Development: How to Work with Tour/Receptive Operators and Developing Itineraries and Tour Packaging

  • Catherine Prather, Executive Vice President, National Tour Association
  • Donovan Hanley, Owner, DETOURS Native America

Tuesday, September 17, 2018
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

A4: Best Practices for RV Parks and Campgrounds

  • Michael Ochs, Director of Governmental Affairs, Recreational Vehicle Association
  • Terry Heslin, State Recreation and Transportation Lead, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management

A5: Create a Managed Tourism Program

  • Susan Guyette, Ph.D., Santa Fe Planning & Research
  • Theodore (Ted) Jojola, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor, Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico

A6: Tribal Tourism and Public Lands: Opportunities and Resources for Collaboration

  • Donald Leadbetter, Tourism Program Manager, National Park Service
  • Reed Robinson, Manager, National Park Service Tribal Liaison Officer (Acting)
  • Angela West, National Program Lead, Tourism & Community Service, Bureau of Land Management
  • Toby Bloom, National Program Manager for Tourism, Travel and Interpretation, U.S. Forest Service
  • Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager, National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Wednesday, September 18, 2018
10:30 a.m.-Noon

B1: Building Remote Sustainable Adventure Tourism

  • Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor, Hospitality and Tourism, Virginia Tech University
  • Jon Panamaroff, CEO, Kodiak Brown Bear Center
  • Christina Beckmann, Senior Director, Strategy & Impact, Adventure Travel Trade Association

B2: How to Tell Your Story through Traditional and Non-Traditional Media

B3: Understanding the Profile of International Visitation to Indian Country

  • Chrystal Denys, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Services, American Embassy, London
  • Luisa Salomoni, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Consulate, Milan

Wednesday, September 18, 2018
2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

B4: Tourism Development as a Tool for Food Sovereignty

  • Toni Stanger McLaughlin, JD, Director of Tribal Governance, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Colby Duren, Policy Director and Staff Attorney, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Charlie G. Sark, Indigenous Tourism Strategist, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

B5: Innovative Ways to Attract Visitors and Learn Why and How to Claim Your Webpage on NativeAmerica.Travel

  • Sandra Anderson, IT & Web Development Coordinator, AIANTA
  • Joseph Robertson, PhD, CEO/Data Scientist, Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC

B6: Tourism 101

  • Kristin Lamoureaux, Visiting Professor, Hospitality and Tourism, Virginia Tech University

Wednesday, September 18, 2018
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

B7: How to Assess and Manage Risk

B8: Media is the Mediator Between Tourism & Society: Editorial Content vs. Marketing, Promotions & Advertising

  • Bethany Sam, Business Development Manager, Sierra Nevada Media Group/First Nations
  • Brenna Moore, PR & Communications Manager, Visit Albuquerque

B9: Transportation and Tourism – Access is Everything

  • Robert Frazier, Highway Engineer, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

C1 How to Participate in the Shared Tourism Economy through Airbnb

  • Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor, Hospitality and Tourism, Virginia Tech University
  • Anima Lavoy, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Airbnb, Inc.

C2: Learn the Benefits of Working with Receptive Tour Operators

C3: Laying the Legal Foundation Part 1 – Understanding Contracts on a Sovereign Nation to Sovereign Nation Platform

Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

C3: Laying the Legal Foundation Part 2, Intellectual/Cultural Property Protections

C4: Tourism & Economic Development Planning -Case Studies

  • Rick MacLeod Farley, Development Economist, Farley & Associates
  • Floyd Tortalita, Executive Director, Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority
  • Ashley Bland, Director, Travois Design

C5: Tourism Planning: Tribal Tourism Funding Opportunities Panel

  • Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist/Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Kimberly Romine, Deputy Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans
  • Carolyn McClelan, Assistant Director, Programs, Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian
  • Trisha Korbas, EDR for NM and West TX, Economic Development Administration
  • Elizabeth Tran, Office of Digital Humanities



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