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. From tourism 101 to the intricacies of international outreach, our experienced team helps tribes and native-owned businesses create tourism experiences that honor culture, tradition and history.

Each year, AIANTA addresses a number of the needs for training in and around Indian Country through partnerships, collaborations and new educational programming.

For more information about AIANTA’s educational opportunities, contact the AIANTA office at 505.724.3592.

Our educational programs

The American Indian Tourism Conference

September 17-20, 2018 | Isleta Resort Casino | Albuquerque, New Mexico
For registration and more information, visit AITC

Join us for the 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference as we celebrate 20 years of tourism growth and development in Indian Country and look to the future of this powerful industry!

The American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) is the only national conference on tourism in Indian Country. Designed to share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the U.S., AITC features exciting and unique mobile workshops that highlight the tribal culture of the region; an impressive line-up of expert speakers who provide resources and training to build capacity; networking opportunities to share, teach and learn from each other; and a presentation of AIANTA’s Destination Awards, honoring the best of Indian Country tourism and hospitality.

Our annual American Indian Tourism Conference is an opportunity for tribes to build their cultural tourism capacity. From how to work with international media to reaching domestic tourists and using data to tell compelling stories, our conference trainings cover everything a tribe needs to develop and sustain its own cultural tourism destination.

Go International

January 28-29, 2019 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
To register and for more information click here.

This 2-day training is part of AIANTA’s International Outreach program and is designed to introduce international tourism to tribes and tribal businesses looking to create an international marketing approach. The training also provides information on the incredible opportunities to participate with AIANTA at ITB Berlin (March 2019), Showcase USA-Italy (March 2019), and the World Travel Market, catering to the United Kingdom (UK) Market (November 2019). The German, Italian and UK markets boast some of the highest spending travelers in the world and have strong interest in Indian Country as a destination.

Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate Program presented by George Washington University

October 1-November 18, 2018 | Online

The Professional Certificate in Cultural Tourism is a self-managed online program that allows participants to learn the content and complete the requirements at their own pace. The program is comprised of six courses. One course is scheduled per week during two three-week blocks with a week break in the middle. Each course typically requires 6-8 hours of study, including readings, tourism lectures and presentations. Participants are required to complete a written assignment at the end of each course.

Upon successful completion of the six courses, students receive a Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism from The George Washington University School of Business. This is a non-credit, non- degree program.

Click here to register or contact the AIANTA Office 505-724-3592.

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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

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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