AITC 2017

19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference

September 11-14, 2017 | Radisson Hotel & Confrence Center | Green Bay, Wisconsin

Thank you for joining us at our 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC.)

Speakers & Sessions

Below are the panels and breakout sessons for our 2017 AITC lineup. Please note, items in red are downloadable versions of the presentations given.

Keynote Luncheon
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Brand USA and AIANTA

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

Closing Luncheon
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

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.

Block 1
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
10:30 a.m.-noon

Tourism 101

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

 

The Indian Boarding School Experience – Hidden, but Not Forgotten

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

 

Intellectual and Cultural Property

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

 

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

Block 2
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

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

 

International Outreach Part 1

  • Mary Motsenbocker, President, International Tourism Marketing

 

International Outreach part 1

  • Catherine Prather, National Tour Association

 

NativeAmerica.travel Website

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

 

Tourism Data – Domestic and International

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

 

Tourism Data – Domestic and International

  • Rick Cain, Vice President, Longwoods International USA Inc

Block 3
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.-noon

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

 

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

 

Indigenous Product Development in Canada

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

 

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

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

Block 4
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Importance of Cultural Sensitivity and Customer Service

  • Rachel Moreno AIANTA Vice President

 

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

 

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

 

Indigenous Foods

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

Block 5
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2017
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Importance of Cultural Sensitivity and Customer Service

  • Rachel Moreno AIANTA Vice President

 

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

 

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

 

Indigenous Foods

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

Block 6
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Grant Writing 101 and Grant Compliance

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Legal Considerations

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

 

Oneida Big Apple Fest

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

 

NativeAmerica.Travel Website – Destination Website Content Development

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

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

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