AIANTA in the News

A round up of news and blog articles spotlighting the activities of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.

Recent Headlines

2022 Headlines

Registration open for the Governor’s conference on tourism and recreation
Daily Inter Lake, April 13, 2022

How to Honor Indigenous Communities When You Travel
Afar, March 26, 2022

Registration is Open for the Governors Conference on Tourism and Recreation
Montana Department of Commerce, March 23, 2022

Celebrating & protecting Indigenous art
Indian Country Today, March 21, 2022

Three Chiefs Culture Center director Marie Torosian named a Native American Women Leader in cultural heritage tourism
Charkoosta News, March 18, 2022

Penny Peters, SRMT Tourism Manager Honored by AIANTA
Indian Time, Match 17, 2022

AIANTA CEO Sherry Rupert facilitates national discussion, inclusion of Native tourism industry
Tribal Business News, March 14, 2022

Regenerative Tourism
Alaska Public Media; March 10, 2022

AIANTA CEO Appointed to US Travel Association Board of Directors
Leisure Travel Group; March 2, 2022

Registration open for Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation
Sidney Herald; March 2, 2022

As Yellowstone National Park Turns 10, Indigenous Voices Take Center Stage
Outside Online; March 1, 2022

CEO Sherry Rupert (Paiute/Washoe) was appointed to the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association
Tribal Business News Briefs; February 28, 2022

AIANTA CEO Appointed to US Travel Board of Directors
Inside Travel Report; February 28, 2022

On its 150th anniversary, Yellowstone National Park celebrates its human history
“I think that, predominantly, visitors to the parks don’t quite understand that those parks were home to Indigenous peoples,” says Sherry L. Rupert, AIANTA’s chief executive.
Washington Post, February 3, 2022

Showcasing Cultural Heritage at Your Businesses
Hotels that embed local or cultural experiences into their programming or, at the very least, point guests to these types of activities are uniquely poised to capitalize on the growing demand among travelers who are looking to ditch the “cookie-cutter” travel experience.
Tribal Gaming & Hospitality, January 2022 Issue

Members Of N.M. Delegation Welcome $1.2 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Tribal, Creative Economies Across New Mexico
Funding will go to 11 Tribal and creative organizations in New Mexico to help support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich; January 27, 2022; See also Yahoo News

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Annual 2021 Report Released
In 2021, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail entered into a three-year agreement with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) to find and share the stories of Native American Tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
NPS.gov; January 25, 2022

Chuck Sams Talks New Parks Leadership Role
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has just started an agreement in the West here to do just that. And they’re trying to figure out exactly how to not only get into those kiosks, but to get into the interpretation centers, to get in and be able to do those presentations. Again, it’s being able to use the synergy between national parks and tribes so that economic value comes to not just the park, but also to the gateway communities and the tribes themselves.
Indian Country Today; January 11, 2022

Archive

2021 Headlines
San Diego State University Certificate in Cultural Tourism and Tribal Enterprises
Indian Country Today; December 30, 2021

Malama Hawaii. Talking Regenerative Travel with Cultural Representative Kainoa Daines
No Ordinary Adventure Podcast; December 19, 2021

Partnership Strengthens Commitment to Tribal Consultation and Collaboration
The National Park Service (NPS) and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) have entered into a cooperative agreement to help facilitate regular, robust and meaningful dialogue between Tribes and the NPS. Strengthening relationships with Tribal governments is a cornerstone of the Biden-Harris Administration and this partnership will ensure that the perspectives, voices and traditions of indigenous communities are incorporated into exhibits, outreach and cultural tourism programs in national parks.
Leisure Group Travel; November 20, 2021

The Lewis and Clark Expedition From an Indian Country Perspective
“If it wasn’t for Indians, Lewis and Clark probably wouldn’t have made it,” said Gail Chehak, tribal relations and outreach manager at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), which is collaborating with NPS to develop online itineraries to promote the tribes that intersected with Lewis and Clark on their way across what became the United States.
Salem Reporter; November 8, 2021

New Steering Group to Guide AIANTA & Leave No Trace Education Efforts
“The impacts have been large to our communities and places and spaces where we take people,” said Sherry Rupert, President and CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), during her keynote at last month’s 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference.
Leave No Trace; November 4, 2021

Indigenous Tourism an Economic Powerhouse
That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and Honolulu-based SMS Research. The study was released at the association’s annual conference held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort near Phoenix.
Indian Country Today; November 2, 2021

Hawaiʻi Representatives Share Insights and Aloha at 2021 American Indian Tourism Conference
Thought-provoking. Inspiring. Unifying. That’s how Kainoa Daines, director of culture and product development for Hawaiʻi Tourism United States, describes the 23rd annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), which he attended from October 25-28 at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Ka Wai Ola — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  December 1, 2021

Indigenous Tourism an Economic ‘Powerhouse’
Indigenous-owned tourism businesses contribute billions to the U.S. economy. That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and Honolulu-based SMS Research. The study was released at the association’s annual conference held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort near Phoenix.
Indian Country Today, November 2, 2021

AIANTA Conference Opening Night Reception Photos
Last month, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) hosted their annual conference at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The reception was MC’d by Ken Duncan and featured performances by his son Talon, as well as the drum group Maswadae.
Native News Online; November 2, 2021

Indian Country’s Best in Tourism
Tourism is back for many in Indian Country and for Nez Perce Tourism, LLC, that means offering tours of its traditional homelands that cross five states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Nez Perce Tourism picked up the Best Cultural Heritage Experience at the annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction, hosted by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. The association held its annual conference this past week at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort near Phoenix.
Indian Country Today; November 1, 2021 

AIANTA & National Park Service Partner to Highlight Tribal History and Traditions
In an effort to improve tribal input and consultation with the federal government, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the National Park Service (NPS) and) have entered into a cooperative agreement to help facilitate regular, robust and meaningful dialogue between Tribes and the NPS.
Native News Online; October 28, 2021 

National Park Service, Tribes To Highlight History, Traditions Of Native Communities
The National Park Service and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association have agreed on a cooperative agreement to help facilitate regular, robust, and meaningful dialogue between tribes and the Park Service.
National Parks Traveler; October 28, 2021 

Economic Impact Study Reveals Native Tourism is a $14 billion industry
One in four American Indian, Alaska Native, and
Native Hawaiian (AIANNH)-owned firms are supported by the tourism industry, according to a report released on Tuesday at the 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference that is in session at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell, Ariz.
Native News Online; October 27, 2021  

Travelers Can Connect with People and Places Using the Newly Unveiled Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Geotourism Online Hub
The newly launched online portal, which has been created through a Geotourism stewardship program overseen by the National Park Service (NPS), brings together many tourism partners at local, state, and national levels along the Trail, including the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA).
GISuser; August 3, 2021

Mapping Out Your Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Trek
The website was created through a Geotourism stewardship program overseen by the National Park Service, and brings together many tourism partners at local, state, and national levels along the trail, including the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.
National Parks Traveler; July 20, 2021

Healthy and Vibrant Communities
It’s summer time, and with vaccinations, folks are feeling more confident about taking in the sites on tribal lands. Sherry L. Rupert works with tribes and entrepreneurs at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Visitors will see some changes since COVID-19 put a halt to tourism.
Indian Country Today; June 25, 2021

The Wrap: Land Home to Bison Restored
The deadline to apply for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association scholarship that awards $1,000 a semester is July 9. The financial assistance is for students working towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields.
Indian Country Today; June 23, 2021

Vaccinated, Ready to Travel
Sherry L. Rupert heads the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. The organization’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values. Agri-tourism is one of its new initiatives.
Indian Country Today; June 22, 2021

Tourism in Indian Country Regrouping
CEO Sherry Rupert, Paiute and Washoe, of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, said tribal casino closures alone cost 296,000 jobs and $1.5 billion in revenues.

“These lost jobs and decimated gaming revenues have had a dramatic and far-reaching effect, crippling Native American economies well beyond tourism … devastating programs such as health and safety, infrastructure, education and food programs across Indian Country,” Rupert said at the Senate hearing.
Indian Country Today; May 28, 2021

How the U.S. National Park Service Prioritized Nature Over Indigenous People
“Native Americans are often left out of the historical narrative, so we’re thrilled that NPS is looking to deliver a comprehensive inventory of tribal activities and cultural tourism experiences for visitors interested in traveling all or parts of the famed route,” said AIANTA CEO Sherry Rupert on the organization’s website.
tripsavvy; May 18, 2021

Indigenous Tourism Organization Latest to Join Leave No Trace Program Responsible for Tourism
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) are excited to announce a new partnership to promote a consistent, nationwide message of sustainable tourism throughout indigenous communities across the United States.
Outdoor Sportswire; May 18, 2021

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hear Testimony on COVID-19 Impact on the Native Tourism Economies
Sherry L. Rupert, the CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will testify on the vital economic importance of the tourism industry to Native American communities.”A robust tourism industry is a powerful economic driver in Indian Country,” Rupert stated in preparation of her testimony. “The dramatic decline in tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact throughout all tribal communities, so we are encouraged that the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has invited us to testify on this economic crisis.”
Native News Online; May 11, 2021

Register now for the Family Travel Xpo, coming June 1
Educational breakout sessions will feature speakers from leading organizations and associations including Family Travel Association (FTA), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), and National Parks Service.
travelweek; May 5, 2021

Indian Country tourism enterprises anticipate tourism increase for 2021
Indian Country tourism enterprises are upbeat about their tourism prospects for 2021 according to the State of Indian Country Tourism, an annual survey released by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA).
Indian Country Today; May 4, 2021

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism announces Visitor Outreach Department
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) announced the formation of its second new department in 2021 – the new Visitor Outreach department.
eTurbo News; April 19, 2021

The Native tourism outlook
The pandemic has taken a toll on one of Native America’s leading economic development sources. But that doesn’t mean cultural tourism and gaming are finished. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association lists a;  number of destinations and experiences that remain viable despite the lingering worries about COVID-19. And despite the slow pace of reopened businesses and public spaces, AIANTA and tribal tourism officials are also looking ahead with optimism about the prospects for 2021.
Native America Calling; April 9, 2021; See also Indianz.com

NATOW Forms Historic Partnership With AIANTA
NATOW is proud to announce its historic partnership with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), a national center for providing tourism and recreational travel technical assistance, training and capacity building to American Indian nations.
Lake Superior News; March 25, 2021

Traveling on Stolen Land: How to Acknowledge and Respect its Indigenous Identity
For help identifying Indigenous-run tourism operations in North America, check out the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association or the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. Australia and New Zealand also have organizations that promote Indigenous tourism nationally.
tripsavvy; March 25, 2021

Visit USA Italy guarda al futuro
Un forte impulso verrà dato alla promozione della destinazione sui social media per raggiungere un pubblico sempre più ampio co Il premio Simonetta Busnelli, sponsorizzato da American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), è andato a Marco Berchi per il consumer award per la promozione degli Usa.
T&A Magazine; March 11, 2021

Showcase Usa Italy, l’edizione virtual prepara il terreno per la ripartenza
Il 2 marzo sono stati consegnati i Premi Stampa alla presenza di Isabella Cascarano, minister counselor for Foreign affairs. Il premio Simonetta Busnelli, sponsorizzato da American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (Aianta) è andato a Marco Berchi per il consumer award per la promozione degli Usa.
L’agenzia di Viaggi; March 11, 2021

20 Influential Women in the Travel Industry
This International Women’s Day, we want to highlight women who have done and are doing so much to affect change in the travel industry. They’re leading as examples, pushing forth initiatives, and calling on the travel industry to do better, to be better.
TravelPulse; March 8, 2021

U.S.Commercial Service to Recognize Women Exporters
In honor of International Women’s Day, the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service will host an event to honor women exporters. This event will be held on March 8 and is part of their Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Program, a premier resource for for women entrepreneurs who wish to boldly grow their business into new markets.
Just The Real News; March 2, 2021

Celebrating Our First Ten Years: The Walk That Launched Native News Online
Since then, I have covered the White House tribal nations conferences during the Obama administration, Capitol Hill hearings and national meetings of the National Congress of American Indians, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the National Indian Gaming Association, the National Indian Housing Council, and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and others.
Native News Online; February 15, 2021

An Unlikely Publisher Celebrates 10 Years of Covering News in Indian Country
Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, offered her thoughts: “From a tiny operation of just 16 readers when it started ten years ago, Native News Online has grown to almost five million-page views this past year. The site is the very embodiment of the importance of following your dreams—something we always encourage with our Native tourism partners. Native News Online is an unbiased source of information on the happenings and events that are critical to Native peoples across the country and we congratulate Levi Rickert on ten years of successful news coverage.”
Native News Online; February 15, 2021

AIANTA Introduces New Tribal Relations & Outreach Department
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is celebrating the formation of a new department, the Tribal Relations & Outreach Department, which was created to further the organization’s goals in identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships.
e-Turbo News; February 15, 2021

Guiding Lights; Tribal cultural tourism pros to share industry expertise
Begay wants to help aspiring Native tourism entrepreneurs navigate the industry. At 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Feb. 23, she and Stacia Morfin, CEO of Nez Perce Tourism in Idaho, will share their industry expertise via a free Zoom webinar.

The session, “Interpreting Culture: How to Run a Successful Tour Business,” is presented by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the National Park Service.
Tribal Business News; February 22, 2021

A Native American Love Story; By T.J. Young AKA Sgwaayaans
T.J.Young, aka, Sgwaayaans, is a member of the Yaadaas Eagle Clan. He’s drawn to tell tales of his Tribe~artfully.  Honoring his ancestors from Hydaburg, Alaska ,Sgwaayaans has a knack for super-sizing legends to landmark the customs of his Kaigani, Haida Tribal Nation. (Story facilitated by AIANTA);
She the People News; February 3, 2021

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New guidebook explores growing tribal agritourism industry
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s program is one of six tribal agritourism ventures spanning the United States that is highlighted in the new educational handbook, “Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism.” Released by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) with funding from the Native American Agricultural Fund, the free guidebook can be downloaded at this link.
Tribal Business News; February 2, 2021

People’s Center rebrands, changes name
CSKT Council approved on Tuesday the name-change to “Three Chief’s Culture Center and Gift Shop. . . The idea of rebranding came after staff learned about it at American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Conferences.

AIANTA CEO appointed to National Marine Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council
e-Turbo News, January 13, 2021
The advisory panel will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to promote sustainable recreation and tourism within the National Marine Sanctuary System
Char-Koosta News, January 27, 2021

Visiting Indigenous Communities is a Delicate Balance of Respect and Education
For insight into respectful, responsible Indigenous tourism, Matador Network spoke with Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, and Geri Hongeva, board president of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA). Heed their advice before setting foot on Indigenous land, especially if you’ve been invited to tour a tribal community.
Matador Network, October 12, 2020

Twin Arrows Trading Post
Features AIANTA’s American Indians & Route 66 Guide // The Flashnites, October 10, 2020

2020 Headlines

AIANTA’s Tourism Industry Leaders Power Forward
The pandemic may have temporarily brought tourism operations across Tribal Nations to a standstill, but venues have reopened with safety measures in place, and Tribes are preparing for a resurgence when the dust settles. // Native Business, September 30, 2020

Native Travel Group Names Cherokee Nation Top Destination
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // Tulsa World, September 21, 2020

Cherokee Nation Receives National Recognition
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // The Claremore Progress, September 18, 2020

Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards

The Cherokee Nation earned an esteemed award from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards on Sept. 16 during the 22nd annual American Indian Tourism Conference. // Tahlequah Daily Press, September 18, 2020

AIANTA Recognizes Best Tribal Destinations
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognized the best tribal destinations and tourism industry leaders at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards program. // e-Turbo News, September 17, 2020

Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards

 The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has announced the keynote lineup for its annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) Sept. 14-18.. // Los Alamos Daily Post, August 13, 2020

AIANTA Board Positions open in Alaska, Midwest, Southwest
e-TurboNews; August 15, 2020
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Nominating Committee met on August 13, 2020 to nominate a slate of candidates recommended for each position on the AIANTA Board of Directors to be filled by election.

AIANTA Announces All-Star Lineup of Native Women to Address Virtual Conference
Native News Online; August 13, 2020
Even though the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) annual conference had to go virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Country’s premier national travel association has named an all-star lineup of Native women to address those attending the conference from afar.

See also: Indian Country Today; Indianz.comLos Alamos Daily Post

Service workers risk health and livelihood
Waiters, hair dressers, clerks and others who work face-to-face with customers face a lot of uncertainty. Their jobs have been on the line or eliminated since coronavirus restrictions began in March. As some states start reopening, service workers also put themselves at greater risk dealing with the public. At the same time, business owners are confronting significant revenue losses, state health restrictions, and evolving CDC guidelines in order to navigate through the pandemic. // Native America Calling; July 16, 2020

Eating Up Easter
Following an OVEE virtual Indie Lens PopUp Screening of Eating Up Easter, New Mexico PBS featured a discussion by filmmakers Sergio and Elena Rapu, as well as Jerry Redfern and Megan Kamerick of the Society of Professional Journalists, and Emerson Vallo and Sherry Rupert from American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association . // View Eating Up Easter on New Mexico PBS; View PBS Discussion with Sherry Rupert & Emerson Vallo; June 17, 2020

Comeback Trail
Before the pandemic, indigenous tourism in North America was an economic engine that helped tribes share and preserve cultures. Stakeholders say it’s more important than ever that tourism picks up where it left off. // Travel Weekly; May 28, 2020

Interested in a Career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry?
AIANTA is proud to offer the Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship, which provides American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. // Newe News, Sosonrih People of the Wind River Reservation; May 27, 2020 

Tribes Highlighted Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
A new three-year project, being conducted by The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and The National Park Service (NPS), aims to find and share the stories of the Native American Tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // Native News Online; Jan. 30, 2020

See also: The Seminole Tribune

A Backstage Pass to Top Entertainment Venues in Indian Country
“We are seeing more Native American Tribes derive economic benefits and marketing exposure from their amphitheaters and entertainment venues,” says Sherry L. Rupert, AIANTA’s executive director. “Across the country, Native-owned amphitheaters continue to be highly rated and top the lists for favorite venue locations.” // Native Business Magazine, Jan. 28, 2020

Indigenous Stories
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has partnered with USA’s National Park Service to find and share the stories of Native American tribes that intersect with the 4,900-mile (7,886-kilometre) Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // Good Tourism Blog; Jan. 25, 2020

AIANTA To Highlight Tribes Along The Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has partnered with the National Park Service to find and share the stories of Native American tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // National Parks Traveler; Jan 23. 2020

See also: NPS.org

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism ASsocation to Host 2-Day “Go International” Training
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is hosting its annual “Go International” training in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 27-28, 2020. // Native News Online; Jan. 5 ,2020

See also: Indigenous New England

2019 Headlines

Reimagining the Rural West: Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Western Governors’ Association; Nov. 4, 2019

The budding agritourism business
Native America Calling; Nov. 8, 2019

Restoration Of Desert View Watchtower At Grand Canyon Completed
National Parks Traveler, Oct. 13, 2019

Hopi Tutuveni Attends 2019 American Indian Tourism Conference as Part of a Tourism Cohort
Hopi Tutuveni; Oct. 1, 2019

D.C. app spotlights American landmarks ‘with a native twist’
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Oct. 1, 2019.

See also National Post and Vancouver Sun.

Three Attractions Recognized as Best in Indian Country Tourism
Native Business Magazine; Sept. 24, 2019

Alaska Tribal Tourism Takes Top Honors at Enough Good People Awards During American Indian Tourism Conference
Anchorage Press; Sept. 23, 2019

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel honored for its cultural tourism program
Indlander; Sept. 24, 2019

Albuquerque Casino Takes Top Honors At Enough Good People Awards At American Indian Tourism Conference
Los Alamos Daily Post, Oct. 7, 2019

Best Tribal Destinations Recognized at American Indian Tourism Conference
Native News Online; Sept. 23, 2019

See also Seminole Tribune

North Dakota tribes team up to attract international tourists
Bismark Tribune, Sept. 22, 2019

Video: Conference held to grow local tribal tourism
Fox 23 News; Sept. 17, 2019

Cherokee Nation hosts 21st annual Indian Tourism Conference (video included)
KTUL-ABC; Sept. 17, 2019

21st American Indian Tourism Conference Underway at Cherokee Nation’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Native News Online; Sept. 17, 2019

Biz quicks: American Indian tourism conference this week… Industrial center sold… Stores opening
Tulsa World News; Sept. 16, 2019

Cherokee Nation welcomes 21st annual American Indian Tourism Conference to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Anadisgoi Cherokee Nation Newsroom, Sept. 16, 2019.

American Indian Tourism Conference underway
Muskogee Phoenix; Sept. 16, 2019

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association to host first tribal tourism information gathering session
Indian Country Today, Sept. 10, 2019

New tour app seeks to correct the Native American narrative in the nation’s capital
The Washington Post; Aug. 21, 2019

Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?
Skift, Aug. 19, 2019

How to be a good tourist on Native lands
Native America Calling, July 30, 2019

European search for ‘real Americans’ a boon for tribal tourism
KCAW.org; July 29, 2019

Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?
Vox; July 11, 2019

Culturally appropriate gift shops
Native America Calling; July 15, 2019

In Wisconsin con gli indiani d’America
Ansa.it; July 20, 2019

Native American Fam Tour Brings Italian Travel Trade to Wisconsin
Brand USA; July 10, 2019

Viaggio Nelle Terre Dei Nativi Americani: Itinerario Alla Scoperta Delle Tribu del Native Wisconsin
Simona Sacri, June 18, 2019

Travel groups work to increase foreign tourism to Wisconsin’s native communities
News Watch 12 (Rhinelander, Wisconsin); June 9, 2019

AIANTA, USDA to Present Free Webinar on ‘Recreation Economy’
Native News Online; May 15, 2019; See also

A Route 66 Road Trip Through Indigenous Homelands
Yes! Magazine, May 13, 2019

See also Resilience.org.

After 30 years with state, Sherry Rupert leaving Nevada
Nevada Appeal; May 10, 2019

George Washington University to collaborate with Indigenous communities to create ‘Guide to Indigenous Washington, DC’
Indian Country Today, May 7, 2019

AIANTA Welcomes Sherry L. Rupert as Executive Director
Native News Online, April 24, 2019.

See also Native Business MagazineIndian Country TVeTurbo NewsIndian Gaming

A ‘Pink Moon’ will be visible this weekend. Here’s what that could mean for you
Business Insider; April 19, 2019

See also Business Insider Australia and Business Insider Malaysia.

Registration Now Open for 2019 American Indian Tourism Conference
Native News Online, April 11, 2019

See also: Native Knot.

Experience the Rich Heritage of America’s First Nations
The Group Travel Leader, April 2, 2019

Native Americans Shift Stereotypes, Boost Economies, Through Tourism
Voice of America, March 27, 2019

Two Alaskans elected to U.S. Travel Association board
Travel Weekly; March 21, 2019

AIANTA Activity Schedule at ITB
FVW Daily (page 15); March 9, 2019

Wo die kleinsten Totempfähle der Welt entstehen (Find the world’s tiniest tiny totem pole carver)
ITB Newsroom; March 7, 2019

Neue Reise-Ideen (New Travel Ideas)
America Journal Facebook Page; March 5, 2019

AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson to Represent Tribal Tourism on U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors
Native News Online; Feb. 27, 2019

U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors gets new members
eTurbo News; Feb. 27, 2018

Amerikas Ureinwohner auf der ITB 2019 treffen
LifePR; Feb. 18, 2019

Putting the Alaskan Tribe of Chickaloon’s Native Village on the Tourist Map
The George Washington University Blog; Jan. 10, 2019

 

2018 Headlines

Year End Giving: American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Promotes Cultural Exchange
Native News Online; Dec. 29, 2018

Tribal tourism planners: apply for an AIANTA Go International Scholarship
Indian Country Today; Dec. 21, 2018

Native American Art Markets Offer Authentic Indian Art for the Holidays
Native News Online; Dec. 9, 2018

We-Ko-Pa Resort to Host AITC
e-Turbo News and Indian Country Today; Dec. 7, 2018

Tribal Tourism Growth in U.S. and Canada Prompts Destinations to Dig Deeper Into the Past
Skift.com; Nov. 26, 2018

Tourism on agenda for BIA Tribal Providers Conference
The Cordova Times; Nov. 20, 2018

Discover Ancient Native America’s Culture
Middle Land; Nov. 19, 2018

Spirit Song Now Available on BrandUSA TV
ETB Travel News (Australia); Various; Nov. 16, 2018.

AIANTA to Develop Tribal Travel Guide Interpreting the Anza Trail
Native News Online and Indian Country Today; Nov. 16, 2018

Key Moments from World Responsible Tourism Day 2018
e-Turbo News; Nov. 7, 2018

AIANTA to Facilitate the NATIVE Act
Tribal Business Journal (page 18); Nov. 1, 2018

AIANTA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
NativeKnot.comTripInfoe-Turbo NewsNative News Online; Oct. 31, 2018

Progress Made In Developing Tourism In Indian Country
Wyoming Public Media; Oct. 8, 2018

In the Game
Meetings Today (page 40); October 2018

Guides Believe Tribal Tourism is Answer to Getting the Story Right
Navajo Times; Sept. 27, 2018

Qualla Boundary, Indian Summer Festival Receive AIANTA Honors
Native Business Magazine; Sept. 27, 2018

Qualla Boundary Named Tribal Destination of the Year by AIANTA
Cherokee One Feather; Sept. 25, 2018

Assistant Secretary Sweeney Signs MOU With The Commerce Department And AIANTA
NativeKnot.comNative A+EIndianz.comNative Business MagazineNative News OnlinePublicNow.come-Turbo NewsTravelWireNewsDepartment of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Sept. 20, 2018

Tribal Tourism
Albuquerque Journal; Sept. 18, 2018

From False Advertising to Cultural Exchange: Native Americans, New Mexico, and Route 66
National Trust for Historic Preservation; Aug. 20, 2018

Attention, Travelers: You’re Exploring America Wrong
RealClear Life; August 9, 2018

Monica Poling Joins AIANTA Staff
Albuquerque JournalTravelPulsee-Turbo News, more; Aug. 8, 2018

AIANTA to Celebrate Two Decades of Tourism Growth Across Indian Country
Native Business Magazine; Aug. 1, 2018

El Pueblo Motel, home of Navajo Code Talkers, key to Route 66 preservation
Arizona Daily Sun, July 29, 2018

Native American Travel Association Celebrates 20th Anniversary
MSN.comTravelPulseNative News Onlinee-Turbo News; July 27, 2018

Sitka historical park gets benefit of Native knowledge
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