American Indian Tourism Conference

20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference

September 17-20, 2018 | Isleta Resort & Casino | Albuquerque, New Mexico


Isleta Resort & Casino

Isleta Resort & Casino

AIANTA proudly welcomes you to our 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC.)

This milestone event, themed “20 years of Tribal Tourism Development – Then and Now” will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the first AITC was staged back in 1991.

Join us September 17-20, 2018 at the stunning, newly refurbished Isleta Resort and Casino and see just how much tribal tourism has grown over the past two decades.

Charity Golf Tournament

Isleta Eagle Golf Course

Isleta Eagle Golf Course

Join us Sunday, September 16 at the Isleta Eagle Golf Course, located on the Isleta Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico for our Charity Golf Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to AIANTA’s educational, technical assistance, outreach & scholarship programs.



Mobile Workshops

Acoma Pueblo New Mexico

Acoma Pueblo New Mexico

Explore Native tourism products up close and personal in your choice of one of three Mobile Workshops.

Join the Poeh Cultural Center in an exploration of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, a National Historic Landmark and home to the ancestors of today’s Santa Clara Pueblo people. Or stop by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in tandem with a visit to the Pueblo of Acoma, the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Finally, the Navajo Nation beckons with a visit to some of its most popular tourism sites.

Native Art Fair

Nativity Scene by Prudy Correa

Nativity Scene by Prudy Correa

Native art is an integral part of tourism in Indian Country and AIANTA has invited more than two dozen artists to display and sell their works. The Native Art Show will be open to the general public Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Regalia Day

All AITC delegates, speakers and volunteers are encouraged to wear your contemporary or traditional regalia on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Help us share the diversity of the distinctive Native cultures throughout the country. Photo opportunities will occur throughout the day.

Speakers & Sessions

During the three-day event, you’ll meet and learn from the dedicated and passionate people who have influenced AIANTA along the way and who continue to provide guidance on the framework needed to develop, enhance and expand tribal tourism.

In addition to looking back at the past 20 years, our speakers will discuss the current tourism climate and trends and will also forecast what the next 20 years might hold for tribal tourism development.

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Tourism Tradeshow

During session breaks, the generous partners and sponsors of our 20th anniversary celebration will share their skills and expertise in an informative tourism tradeshow. Not only are our partners directly investing in the future of tribal tourism, but they also have valuable experience to share during our exhibitor breaks.

We hope you will take the time over the course of the conference to talk to these industry experts and build your network of support. If you’d like to join this group of experts with a booth of your own, please visit the exhibitor registration page.

Hotel Registration

AIANTA has secured special room rates starting at just $93 plus tax for delegates and attendees. But the room block is quickly selling out and the deadline for booking is September 4, 2018. Hurry and make your reservations today. Learn more about booking your special AIANTA rate at the Isleta Resort & Casino.

 Awards Gala and Silent Auction

AIANTA honors the best of the Indian Country travel and tourism industry during its 7th Annual Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony. Auction proceeds go to the AIANTA Scholarship Fund for students taking tourism, hospitality, recreation or related industry courses.

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.

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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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