O me’a”kwa: A New Conference Format

(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)

Happy summer to all our friends, partners and members.

While June is usually a time for scheduling family vacations, pool parties and get-togethers with friends, the events of recent months have left many Americans planning for a new normal this summer season.

At AIANTA, June usually also signals the time of year that we gear up for our annual American Indian Tourism Conference. Although the conference was originally scheduled to take place in Fort McDowell, Arizona, these plans have changed.

We know that by September it may still be too much of a challenge for many of our partners to travel to Arizona, but our staff, board of directors and other stakeholders also agree that the information we share at AITC is too valuable to skip altogether. So we are thrilled to announce that our 2020 American Indian Tourism Conference will be a virtual forum.

Scheduled for Sept. 14-18, 2020, the conference will feature the same expert-level speakers, networking opportunities and plenary sessions, but all in a convenient online platform and through an easy-to-use mobile app.

We will be announcing our full line up of panels and keynote speakers very soon. In the meantime, keep up with the latest AITC updates to the conference agenda here.

Although I’ve attended a dozen AITC Conferences over the years, I’m excited to see how our first fully virtual program unfolds.

In the meantime, we want to hear about your training needs, especially as travel restrictions are lifted and the impact of Covid-19 is clearer. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey to better understand your training priorities.

I hope to see you online or in person soon!

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

Sherry L. Rupert, Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association