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AIANTA and our tribal partners have returned from another successful year at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel tradeshow.

Each year, AIANTA attends this tradeshow – one of the largest in the world – along with a delegation of tr... Read More


Earlier this month AIANTA attended Showcase USA-Italy for the fourth consecutive year, establishing new leads and contacts in the market and growing and nurturing existing relationships with the Italian Tourism trade.

From March 3-5, 2018, AIANTA Exec... Read More


On March 6, 2018, after their time at Showcase USA-Italy and prior to their participation in ITB Berlin, AIANTA and a representative from Chickasaw Nation took to a local Berlin high school to share the diverse cultures and history of Native America ... Read More


In the tourism industry, numbers and data prove invaluable. The data – numbers of visitors, types of visitors, spending patterns and more – collected throughout the industry is the evidence we have of the impact of our work and the means ... Read More


We encourage you to take a moment and read a little about each of our new AIANTA members.

If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to learn more about membership, contact Gail Chehak at 505-243-3633 or

Meet Our ... Read More


More than 40 participants from around the country attended AIANTA’s Second Annual Go International two-day training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 22-23, 2018.

Tribal tourism professionals, industry representatives and entrepreneurs gathere... Read More

01/28/2018, a global travel industry news outlet and informational platform, recently featured a story focusing on AIANTA’s efforts in Indian Country tourism and the value of international visitation to Native American Destinations.

In the story,... Read More


Read on to learn about how Icy Strait Point is successfully weaving their cultural and environmental assets and resources into their tourism programs. They’ve not only seen success in culinary and agritourism, but have also been able to see gre... Read More


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is thrilled to announce the 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 17-20, 2018.

Join us as we celebrate the growth and impact of tribal... Read More


New Year's resolutions top many of our to-do lists each holiday season. As we enter into 2018, we’re more excited than ever for what the New Year has in store for the tourism industry, Indian Country, and our own growth and success as an or... Read More


AIANTA is seeing the demand for Indian Country tourism grow – in fact, overseas visitation increased from a low point of 693,000 when the organization started its international outreach in 2007 to 1,958,000 in 2016—more than a 180% increa... Read More


AIANTA is thrilled to announce, in partnership with Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the USA, a number of tribal entities and U.S. Commercial Service Italy, we will be hosting a second familiarization tour for the Italian market ... Read More



Earlier this month, AIANTA exhibited at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London for the first, showcasing Native American tourism from throughout the United States to the UK tourism market.

Held annually in London, WTM is one of the leadin... Read More


Written by Rachel Cromer Howard and Chunyu Lin

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month – a time designated for celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of America’s Native peoples.

T... Read More


In honor of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, AIANTA partnered with the team at to pull together some examples of Public Lands around the nation working with the tribes in their area or affiliated with their landscape.

R... Read More


In the past few months, AIANTA has had several opportunities to share our expertise on cultural heritage tourism with other industry leaders in the Aloha State. In September, AIANTA Board President Sherry L. Rupert and AIANTA Pacific Board Representa... Read More


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, are working together more closely to promote Native American travel experiences throughout the United States a... Read More


Written by Dan Moore, AIANTA's Agritourism Consultant 

In some of our prior posts on agritourism, we’ve gone over the many benefits of agritourism– from connecting visitors to the cultural significance of tribal lands, to the reve... Read More


NAFOA’s Fall Finance and Tribal Economic Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 2-3, 2017

AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and AIANTA At-Large Board Representative Travis Owens will be speak on the panel, “Growing Revenue by Expandi... Read More


AIANTA and ATAC Sign MOU in Washington D.C.

On September 7, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), with the purpose of establishing... Read More















“AIANTA and the work it has accomplished has grown tremendously in the past 20 years, and we are excited to celebrate by bringing the American Indian Tourism Conferen... Read More


From September 11 through 14, more than 250 tribal representatives, native business owners, tourism professionals and federal partners flocked to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference.

The conference is a banner e... Read More


AIANTA is proud to introduce our newest Board Member, Christopher Thompson, as an Eastern Region Representative. Christopher is the Director of the Office of Economic Development with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT). Christopher also worked at th... Read More








Every year, AIANTA host’s the Enough Good People Awards Gala and Silent Auction to celebrate people and organizations that have helped move the mission of AIANTA forward.  As part of the Gala, we also ho... Read More


AIANTA was proud to host the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bayon the beautiful homelands of the Oneida Nation. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our host tribe for the o... Read More


Part 3 of a 6 part series on Agritourism

By Dan Moore, AIANTA's Tribal Agritourism Consultant 

“I’ve never seen it this vibrant and exciting around Agriculture, including Agritourism in Indian Country” - Janie Simms Hipp... Read More


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) in partnership with George Washington University (GW) International Institute of Tourism Studies is launching an online six-week cultural heritage tourism certificate program. The first p... Read More


(Part 2 of a 6 part series on Agritourism)

By Dan Moore, AIANTA's Tribal Agritourism Consultant 

Agritourism is a powerful and diverse tool for more than just bringing visitors to your communities.  Tribes and tribal agribusinesses are us... Read More


AIANTA is excited to present the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), hosted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on September 11 – 14, 2017.

So why should you attend AITC 2017 – the only conference ... Read More


By Ron Erdmann, Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office

As a market for Indian Country, the United Kingdom was the second largest market generating visitors interested in Native American sites in 2015, and their 15% growth rate nea... Read More


AIANTA is excited to announce Fawn R. Sharp, Brian Cladoosby and Ernie Stevens, Jr. as keynote speakers at the 2017 Annual American Indian Tourism Conference – the only national conference on tourism in Indian Country. With their well-known lea... Read More


AIANTA recently launched booking capability through, the first destination website representing Indian Country tourism.  With the support of our trusted partner, FareHarbor, tribes and native-owned businesses can now distrib... Read More


In September of 2016, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act was signed into law, requiring  numerous federal departments and agencies to include Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organiz... Read More


By Dan Moore, AIANTA's Tribal Agritourism Consultant

 “With the cattle, we gained the ability to serve the best quality beef available anywhere at any price. [W]e spared no expense in setting up the perfect systems for our agr... Read More



AIANTA, along with a multitude of tribal partners throughout the southwest, and support from U.S. Commercial Service Italy and Brand USA, recently hosted a 5-day familiarization tour around Arizona and New Mexico. During the tour, we showcased ... Read More


IPW 2017, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the USA, was attended by more than 6,000 delegates from 73 countries who conducted 100,000 business appointments resulting in more than $4.... Read More


AIANTA and Brand USA are Bringing Five Italian Journalists to Arizona and New Mexico for a New, Native Focused Familiarization Trip

AIANTA, in partnership with a multitude of tribal partners, Brand USA, and the U.S. Commercial Service Italy, is hostin... Read More


When we travel, there are certain people we meet, destinations we visit and experiences we have that change our entire outlook on travel, evoke feelings of awe and make us want to go back again, and again.

Working in the tourism industry, we know it&#... Read More


With our consistent focus on tourism in Indian Country, we here at AIANTA know the positive impacts of travel and tourism on economies –large and small throughout the country. But, with all of the national conversation about creating and keepin... Read More


AIANTA, Blackfeet Nation and State of Montana recently came together in historic tribal tourism meetings at Grand Canyon National Park. 

AIANTA Public Lands Partnerships Program Manager Aimee Awonohopay has just returned from the Grand Canyon Nat... Read More


AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson recently had the opportunity to participate in the Partnership for Conservation of the Amazon via the IV Amazon Protected Area Tourism Seminar, April 18-20 in Manaus, Brazil.

In partnership with the U.S. Fore... Read More


Another successful year at ITB has come and gone for AIANTA and our tribal delegation.

Each year, AIANTA has the opportunity to attend the world’s leading travel tradeshow, along with a delegation of tribes and native businesses with successful ... Read More


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The chill of winter has given way to a flurry of spring activity across native lands.  The change of seasons is a great time to experience the great outdoors: there are wildflower to view, fish to be caught ... Read More


Written by Ron Erdmann, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO)

It’s time to re-energize the tried and true German travel market. Are Indian Country’s unique travelers the key to doing that?

Many in the tour... Read More


Written by Hannah Peterson, AIANTA

Is your tribal community or your farming/ranching operations ready to expand your cultural impact and your economic base?

Agritourism development might be right for your tribal community!

Tourism represents a unique op... Read More


Looking for some trip ideas for 2017? The U.S. National Park Service has announced its free admission days for 2017, and there are still six days left in the year to explore some of the nation’s most inspiring landscapes.

You can visit the parks... Read More


Millions of road warriors flock to Route 66 each year, attracted to the historic sites, vintage restaurants and motels, and National Parks along the Mother Road.  While pounding this well-trod pavement, most visitors miss out on one of the best-... Read More


Mark your calendar for the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference – September 11-14, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin!

AITC is an event you don’t want to miss – whether you’re a t... Read More


AIANTA understands the importance of job creation in Indian Country, which is just one of the many reasons we are so committed to growing the tourism industry in Native America.

Are you interested in working in the tourism industry within Indian Count... Read More


Have you attended Go West Summit? If you are looking for an event that offers an incredible opportunity to meet with the world’s top international tour operators while also learning about industry news and issues – Go West should be at th... Read More

02/20/2017, a global travel industry news outlet and informational platform, recently featured a story focusing on the boom that Indian Country has seen in international visitation.

In the story, “Native American Destinations See Surge in Oversea... Read More


AIANTA is bringing February to a close at the National Tour Association’s 2017 Travel Exchange. At this year’s event, AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson will be speaking to the national industry audience on how Native America is i... Read More


As international travel to the U.S. and especially to Indian County continues to grow, AIANTA, along with tribal nations and businesses from across the country, are continuing outreach overseas next month, attending Showcase USA-Italy and ITB, Berlin... Read More


Every year on February 14, people from across the U.S. and the world exchange gifts, cards and words of endearment – all in celebration of love.

AIANTA took to Facebook, asking our members, followers and friends how they express love in their ow... Read More


2016 has been an amazing year for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and for Indian Country tourism throughout the United States. We’ve pulled together a quick snapshot of some of our proudest achievements and most memorable ... Read More


In supporting the U.S. Travel Association’s “Project: Time Off,” AIANTA is encouraging you all to take some time off, get out there, and experience something new. With our five reasons to visit Indian Country in 2017, you’ll d... Read More


This week, Camille Ferguson presented at the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada’s annual International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC), in Membertou, Nova Scotia.

Last year, the impactful conference brought together more than 250... Read More


Welcome to Destination Indian Country, the blog and newsroom for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), the only organization specifically dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States.

In our work, se... Read More


There’s still time to join AIANTA at Showcase USA-Italy – Deadline to register is December 15, 2016

International travel and tourism means big dollars for the U.S., making up the largest services export industry for the country. Last year,... Read More


International travel and tourism means big dollars for the U.S., making up the largest services export industry for the country. Last year, 77.5 million international tourists visited the United States generating a $61 billion travel trade surplus.

In... Read More


November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the National Park Service are encouraging travelers to celebrate American Indian culture throughout the country by visiting Na... Read More


By: Ron Erdmann, Deputy Director, Research, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) – in partnership with AIANTA

AIANTA has always known that the potential economic impact of I... Read More


Grand Canyon Desert View was recently included in Green Destinations’ Sustainable Destinations Top 100 list. The list celebrates environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives around the world and was unveiled as part of the se... Read More