AIANTA Returns with “Tribal Row” at IPW 2022

With the theme #DiscoverNativeAmerica, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and six partners will showcase the diversity of Native American cultures across the United States.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (June 6, 2022) – Native nations from around the United States will showcase their new accommodations, tours, exhibits and programs at IPW Orlando June 6, 2022. Collectively a part of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) booth, six exhibitors will team together under one theme, #DiscoverNativeAmerica.
Located in Booth #2047 in IPW’s National Section, AIANTA will showcase the diversity of cultures and tourism offerings that can only be found in Native American locations across the United States.

“As our Native American partners look to expand awareness for their tourism programs internationally, they are joining AIANTA at IPW in order to meet with international tour operators, media and other buyers to showcase the transformative and authentic experiences visitors can only find in Indian Country,” Sherry L. Rupert, AIANTA Chief Executive Officer.

This year, the AIANTA IPW booth partners include:
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours (Arizona) provides a fully guided tour into the 8th wonder of the world, Upper Antelope Canyon. Shaped by millions of years of water and wind erosion, the magnificent canyon was named for the herds of pronghorn antelope that once roamed the area. With the best tour guides, Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours will provide you with valuable information as well as an enjoyable experience throughout the entire tour. This amazing tour features natural illuminating sunlight on the canyon walls. As the seasons change so do the colors and directions of the world-famous light beams from above. Some of the photographs taken in this canyon have fetched prices as high as 6.5 million! Exclusive access to the Rattlesnake and Owl canyons for an entire day excursion are available!
Akwesasne Travel (New York) is the official Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO) for the Territory of Akwesasne. They are housed within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Office of Economic Development in Akwesasne, New York. Though based on the U.S. side of the territory, their tourism marketing product and services include tourism on the Canadian side of their land as well. They work with suppliers, partners, nonprofits, operators, and organizations both in the USA and Canada and are members of key organizations in both countries. Akwesasne Travel promotes Akwesasne as a unique cultural heritage tourism destination to stay, shop, dine and play. They also offer immersive Mohawk cultural tours, inspired by ancient traditions that continue to influence their modern artists, cultural educators and guides. The small group tours provide a unique glimpse of life as a modern Mohawk. Akwesasne Travel also supports destination marketing, visitor services, retail promotion and tourism infrastructure, while supporting an exceptional visitor experience on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of Akwesasne. Contact Akwesasne Travel for destination information, tour pricing, private tours, packaging and other requests.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center (Alaska) is a living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska that promotes active observance of Alaska Native culture and traditions. As the only statewide cultural and education center dedicated to celebrating all cultures and heritages, ANHC serves as a statewide resource for Alaska Natives from birth until Elder and supports and celebrates Alaska Natives from all of Alaska’s Native cultures, including Iñupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit, Unangax̂, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Yup’ik and Cup’ik. Through permanent collections, life-sized village sites, and immersive educational programs, ANHC creates immersive experiences that promote understanding of our rich and diverse Cultures.
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (Arizona) is home to some of Arizona’s finest visitor destinations. The Fort McDowell Yavapai, Abaja the “People” are one of three Yavapai Tribes in Arizona. The Nation, which has lived and prospered in central Arizona for thousands of years, has a 24,000-acre reservation 35 miles northeast of Phoenix. Today, it is home to the AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort & Conference Center, two award-winning 18-hole golf courses at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, some of the Valley’s finest state-of-the-art gaming at the Fort McDowell Casino, a relaxing resort and spa at the Poco Diablo Resort nestled in the shadows of the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, and the upscale Eagle View RV Resort. The Yavapai people take pride in their community and invite you to experience Fort McDowell.
Nez Perce Tourism (Idaho) is a community-based organization, located in north-central Idaho that provides a warm welcome to Nimiipuu Country where you experience a true sense of place with Nimiipuu “The People.” Every Nez Perce Tourism experience is designed with the importance of introducing and respecting the Nez Perce traditional and cultural values. The tours are educational and transformational, as the sacred landscape and voices of the Nez Perce ancestors echo beyond your visit.
The cultural heritage enterprise, based in Lewiston, Idaho, offers authentic and traditional experiences from the Nimiipuu perspective through jet boat tours, Appaloosa horseback rides and other cultural events. Nez Perce Tourism has been featured in such leading publications as New York Times and the Washington Post.
Tsé Bíghanílíní Tours (Arizona) provides Navajo guided tours into Upper Antelope Canyon located in Arizona. Upon arrival at the Upper Antelope Canyon, you will step into the desert and enter an amazing fantasy world of sandstone, carved by many years of wind and water. During the tour, guides share cultural knowledge of the Navajo people, the geology of the land and offer suggestions for unique camera angles of the canyon. The tour is 1.5-hours roundtrip, including shuttle time from the parking lot to/from the canyon site. A hike over the top of the canyon is required. The Trail is rated moderately difficult so come prepared with good walking shoes and plenty of water., a consumer travel planning website created by AIANTA, connects travelers directly to tribes across the country. The site gives all 574 federally recognized tribes a chance to tell the world their stories in their own words. The experiences section of the site provides distinctive trip ideas to users planning a trip to Indian Country.
Founded in 1998, AIANTA was established by tribes for tribes to address inequities in the tourism system. Governed by an all-Native board of directors, AIANTA serves as a united voice for the $14 billion Native hospitality sector. AIANTA’s priorities are, 1) to provide technical assistance and training, research, and publications to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities engaged in tourism and hospitality; 2) to facilitate conversations with the Native communities, federal agencies, non-profit associations, and elected officials on the economic and cultural importance of a healthy hospitality industry; 3) to highlight the importance of visiting authentic Native destinations, including cultural, heritage, historic, and artistic sites; and 4) to generate awareness, interest and demand for these destinations with domestic and international travelers, the travel trade and the media.
For more information and images, contact:
McKaela Arviso, AIANTA