AIANTA Press Releases

As the only national organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, AIANTA believes in the power of tribal storytelling through tourism.

For all media inquiries, email info@aianta.org.


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Press Release: U.S. Forest Service/AIANTA NATIVE Act Grant

AIANTA and USDA Forest Service announce Funding Opportunity and RFP to Support the NATIVE ActAIANTA and U.S. Forest Service seek to fund Tribal Nations, Tribal Enterprises and native nonprofits that will enhance and integrate cultural tourism/cultural recreation to...

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Press Release: Mobile Workshops

Experience San Diego Native Culture and History during the American Indian Tourism ConferenceJoin the Rincon Tribe in one of two cultural tourism experiences that explore the Native culture and history of the Greater San Diego area.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Albuquerque,...

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AITC Registration Open

Registration Now Open for 24th Annual American Indian Tourism ConferenceAITC, scheduled for October 24-27 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California is organized by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and will be held on the tribal homelands of the...

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AIANTA Seeks Native Hosts for AITC

AIANTA Seeks Native Hosts for 2024, 2025 AITCAIANTA requests proposals for upcoming 2024, 2025 American Indian Tourism Conferences ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (May 13, 2022) – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is seeking proposals from...

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AIANTA Launches Fourth Annual Tourism Sentiment Survey

AIANTA Launches Fourth Annual Tourism Sentiment SurveyThe survey will measure Indian Country’s confidence in the growth of the visitor industry for the coming year.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (March 15, 2022) – The American Indian Alaska Native...

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AIANTA & SMS Research Cement Research Agreement

AIANTA & SMS Research Cement Agreement to Conduct Comprehensive Tourism Planning StudyHonolulu-based SMS Research will conduct a comprehensive tourism study in partnership with AIANTA, with results to be reported to the Department of the Interior and the...

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AIANTA to Receive $150,000 Grant from NEA

AIANTA to Receive $150,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue PlanFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (January 28, 2022) —The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has announced they have been...

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AIANTA Releases Two New Cultural Heritage Tourism Planners

AIANTA Releases Two New Educational Cultural Heritage Tourism Planners​The new Cultural Heritage Tourism: a planner for indigenous tourism professionals offers tips and advice and showcases successes in indigenous tourism planning and the Travel Trade Manual, designed...

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AIANTA Announces New Members to its Board of Directors

AIANTA Announces New Members to its Board of DirectorsBrian Wadsworth, Kate Anderson, Judi gaiashkibos and Darian Morsette join the AIANTA Board of Directors, which recently underwent a redistricting of its national map to expand national inclusion.ALBUQUERQUE, NEW...

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AIANTA Recognizes the Best of Indian Country Tourism

​AIANTA Recognizes the Best of Indian Country Tourism Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Nez Perce Tourism, Leilah Young of Dixie’s Antelope Canyon Tours and Dawn Melvin from Arizona Office of Tourism are honored at the 2021 Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards FOR...

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Hawai‘i Tourism Industry to Spread the Aloha During AITC

Hawai‘i Tourism Industry to Spread the Aloha During American Indian Tourism ConferenceKānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) speakers include Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority President & CEO John De Fries, Kainoa Daines of the HVCB and Daniel Nāhoʻopiʻi of SMS Research.FOR...

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We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort to Unveil New Dining Studio

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort to Unveil New Dining Studio on October 13Its first two all-you-can-eat food stations will offer authentic, delicious Asian and Mexican cuisine  The latest addition to the casino’s comprehensive fine- and casual dining options, the new...

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AIANTA Board Slate Announced

AIANTA Announces Board SlateThe Board Nominating Committee has selected the following Board Slate for this year’s elections:  ​Oklahoma – Travis OwensMr. Owens brings more than 15 years of experience in the cultural tourism industry. His experience is unique in...

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AIANTA Seeks New Members for Board of Directors

AIANTA Seeks New Members for Board of DirectorsDue to regular term expirations and an internal redistribution of AIANTA’s regions, the association is looking to fill nine vacant leadership positions. AIANTA’s Nominating Committee is leading the recruitment, with Mary...

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AIANTA Applauds Senate Passage of Infrastructure Bill

AIANTA Applauds Senate Passage of Infrastructure Bill​Legislation calls for $550 billion in upgrades to airports, roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure widely required by a healthy visitor industry.ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (August 12, 2021) —​ The American...

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What’s New in Indian Country Tourism

What’s New in Indian Country Tourism (Winter 2022)Cultural Centers & Museums  || Destinations, Tribes & Tribal Culture  || Parks & Public Lands  ||  Restaurants & Eateries ||  Tours, Cruises & Attractions ||  Hotels, Resorts &...

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Rupert to Testify at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Report to Testify on Economic Importance of Tribal Tourism at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight HearingRupert, who heads the national association dedicated to advancing tourism in tribal communities, will submit testimony on the vital...

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Indian Country Anticipates Increase in Tourism for 2021

Indian Country Tourism Anticipates Tourism Increase for 2021Nearly 70% of respondents believe tourism to Indian Country will increase somewhat or greatly in the coming year, according to AIANTA’s State of Indian Country Tourism survey.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...

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AIANTA to Develop Travel Guide Along Anza Trail

AIANTA to Develop Travel Guide, Indigenous Place Names Map Chronicling Tribal Stories Along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailIn an agreement with the National Park Service, AIANTA is developing a travel guide and Indigenous place names map of the...

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AIANTA Announces New Partnership with Leave No Trace

AIANTA Announces New Partnership with Leave No TraceFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (April 15, 2021) - The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics have announced a new partnership that...

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AIANTA Introduces New Tribal Relations & Outreach Department

AIANTA Introduces New Tribal Relations & Outreach DepartmentLong-term AIANTA employee Gail Chehak will head the new department which is charged with identifying and cultivating strategic organizational partnerships.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO...

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AIANTA Launches Tourism Sentiment Survey

AIANTA Launches Tourism Sentiment SurveyThe survey will measure Indian Country’s confidence in the growth of visitor industry for the coming year.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (February 12, 2021) – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association...

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AIANTA CEO to Curate GoUSA TV’s ‘Native Voices’ Playlist

AIANTA CEO to Curate GoUSA TV’s “Native Voices” PlaylistAIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert will curate the “Native Voices” playlist at GoUSA TV, the streaming entertainment platform operated by BrandUSA, the nation’s travel marketing organization.AIANTA CEO, Sherry L....

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AIANTA Recognizes Best of the Best in Indian Country Tourism

AIANTA Recognizes Best of the Best in Indian Country TourismCherokee Nation, Arizona Indian Festival, Linda Taylor (Cherokee Nation) and Bonnie Sprague (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe) take top honors at AIANTA’s Enough Good People Industry Awards.AIANTA Board...

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AIANTA Announces Additions to Board of Directors

AIANTA Announces Additions to Board of DirectorsMary Goddard, Linda Cooley Join AIANTA’s Board of DirectorsALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (September 23, 2020) — The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board...

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AIANTA To Waive All Tourism Conference Registration Fees

AIANTA To Waive All Tourism Conference Registration FeesThe 22nd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference is now providing free registration to all interested tourism industry professionals.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (August 21, 2020) – The...

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AIANTA Celebrates Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

AIANTA Celebrates Passage of the Great American Outdoors ActLandmark legislation will invest up to $2.8 billion a year in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and American Indian schools.ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (August 6, 2020)—The American...

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About the NATIVE Act

About the NATIVE Act A brief history and overview of Public Law 114-221, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act. The Native Act | Purposes of the Act | The Importance of Tourism | Timeline   The NATIVE Act The Native American...

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AIANTA Seeks Tribal Hosts for Upcoming Conferences

You have reached a deprecated page at AIANTA.org. Please view the current (2022) AITC RFP announcement here.A Warm Thank You to Our PartnersNativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique...

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Contact Us

As the only national organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, AIANTA believes in the power of tribal storytelling through tourism.

For all media inquiries, email info@aianta.org

 

Downloads:

  • About AIANTA (our Storybook)
  • Discover Native America (magazine)
  • Press Release: Who is AIANTA
  • Press Release: American Indian Tourism Conference
  • AIANTA FAQ
  • AIANTA logo
  • travel (download to include region descriptions and one-pager)
  • Photos (regional photos from NativeAmerica.travel media kit and other AIANTA photos)
  • For more news, click here.

Enough Good People Industry Awards

Press Releases

As the only national organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, AIANTA believes in the power of tribal storytelling through tourism.

For all media inquiries, email info@aianta.org

 

Press Release: Mobile Workshops

AIANTA has announced two one-of-a-kind cultural tourism experiences, which will be offered during the 24th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC)

AITC Registration Open

Registration Now Open for 24th Annual American Indian Tourism ConferenceAITC, scheduled for October 24-27 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California is organized by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and will be held on the tribal homelands of the...

AIANTA Seeks Native Hosts for AITC

AIANTA Seeks Native Hosts for 2024, 2025 AITCAIANTA requests proposals for upcoming 2024, 2025 American Indian Tourism Conferences ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (May 13, 2022) – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is seeking proposals from...

AIANTA & SMS Research Cement Research Agreement

AIANTA & SMS Research Cement Agreement to Conduct Comprehensive Tourism Planning StudyHonolulu-based SMS Research will conduct a comprehensive tourism study in partnership with AIANTA, with results to be reported to the Department of the Interior and the...

Contact Us

As the only national organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, AIANTA believes in the power of tribal storytelling through tourism.

For all media inquiries, email info@aianta.org

 

Downloads:

  • About AIANTA (our Storybook)
  • Discover Native America (magazine)
  • Press Release: Who is AIANTA
  • Press Release: American Indian Tourism Conference
  • AIANTA FAQ
  • AIANTA logo
  • travel (download to include region descriptions and one-pager)
  • Photos (regional photos from NativeAmerica.travel media kit and other AIANTA photos)
  • For more news, click here.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Native American Agriculture Fund

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Bureau of Land Management

National Endowment of the Arts

National Park Service

United States Forest Service