Request for Proposal

Project Name and Description

Professional Learning Module Development – Cultural Tourism Training Modules/Toolkits

​Company Name

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Inc. (AIANTA)

Address

2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Contact Person

Hannah Peterson, Program Development Director
505.724.3592
hpeterson@aianta.org

Project Goals and Scope of Services

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) seeks the services of an accredited academic institution or education consultant(s) to develop five scenario based training modules for use by AIANTA staff at in-person training events.

Training Objectives: To provide introductory/intermediate level instruction for cultural tourism professionals.

Audience for participation: American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian cultural tourism professionals.

Content Format:  Scenario Based Learning Modules suitable for In-person trainings (Training Manual, Power point presentations, worksheets, survey).

The selected accredited academic institution or educational consultant(s) will be responsible for the development of five training modules specific to the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism sector to support cultural tourism development.

Background

AIANTA is the only organization specifically dedicated to advancing American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism across the United States. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

For over 20 years, AIANTA has been identifying and providing tailored, responsive trainings and resources for tribes and Native Hawaiians to develop, grow and enhance their cultural tourism programming and product. To enhance AIANTA’s outreach and training capacity, AIANTA is seeking additional training tools for in-person outreach events and trainings.

For more information about our mission and programs, please visit our websites at AIANTA.org and NativeAmerica.travel.

Deliverables and Project Description

Deliverable 1: Identify training focus and develop at least five scenario based training modules specific to cultural tourism development utilizing the Cultural Heritage Tourism planner as developed by AIANTA.

Potential Module Focus areas include:

  • Assessing the Potential for Heritage Tourism
  • Preserving, Protecting and Managing Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Celebrating Uniqueness and Authenticity
  • Historic Preservation
  • Identifying Cultural Advisors
  • Interpretation
  • Tour Packaging
  • Revenue and Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Measuring Success

Deliverable 2: Develop training curriculum, materials and resources for the dissemination and implementation of Deliverable 1.  These should include professional learning materials for utilization by the trainer for each training module.

Deliverable 3:  Using the curriculum, materials and resources developed in Deliverable 2 to develop and deliver a training video for use by AIANTA staff.

Deliverable 4:  Deliver professional learning module content in replicable format for branding and replication.

A strong proposal will demonstrate:

  • Experience working with Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations and Native Hawaiian organizations.
  • A strong demonstrable history of large-scale research design and implementation.
  • A strong demonstrable history of conducting outreach, focus groups, etc., with Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations and Native Hawaiian organizations to collect data for research purposes.
  • Publication of large-scale studies based on scientific methods.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act.
  • Understanding of AIANTA’s mission to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

Note: If you are collaborating with an additional organization/institution/firm, proposals must include demonstration of partnership from the partner organization (in the form of letters of commitment) along with an outline of the roles and responsibilities envisioned for the partnership.

The project will be conducted and not to exceed three (3) months with monthly progress/status reports required.

 Anticipated Selection Schedule

06/06/2022 RFP Published on AIANTA.org
06/10/2022 Deadline to submit questions to AIANTA via email to hpeterson@aianta.org
06/20/2022 AIANTA responds to questions submitted
06/24/2022 Proposals are due to AIANTA via email submission to hpeterson@aianta.org
06/30/2022 Selection of academic institution/education consultant(s)
July 2022 Contract awarded; project initiated
July 2022 Notification re: unsuccessful submissions
09/30/2022 Project completed

 

Elements of Proposal 

A submission must at a minimum include the following elements:

  • Project Lead with list of any/all key staff and credentials of each.
  • Description of the submitting academic institution or consultant(s) including a general overview, names and credentials of the project team to include any supporting partners/partnerships.
  • A one-page narrative outlining the strengths, experiences and distinguishing skills or capabilities as they might relate to this project and to the mission of AIANTA.
  • A representative selection of past, similar projects demonstrating work with American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Tourism sector.
  • Up to a 5-page narrative describing approach, research elements, tools, key personnel assigned, and timelines to complete the project/report as outlined above.
  • A budget to cover the project; budget cannot exceed $5,000.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated using the criteria listed below, with a maximum achievable total of 100 points.

Final award selection will be approved by AIANTA’s Chief Executive Officer. Applicants not selected for award will be notified in writing.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Executive Summary: 10 points. Proposals will be evaluated based on the clarity of the proposal to include the required elements.
  2. Project Objective, Technical Description, and Scope of Work: 35 points. This criterion will be evaluated based on the project objective, technical description and scope of work. The clarity of the described work and the appropriateness of the project in terms of meeting the intent and goals of the project will be evaluated.
  3. Deliverable Products: 30 points. AIANTA will rate the extent to which the expected outcome of the project meets the applicant’s stated goals, and budget based on the deliverables described.
  4. Key Personnel: 25 points. AIANTA will view favorably, proposals that demonstrate key personnel, have experience working with Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations and/or Native Hawaiian organizations. AIANTA will also evaluate the extent to which key personnel have the expertise to perform the functions under the scope of work and produce quality deliverables.

Evaluation Considerations

AIANTA will review proposals based on the following considerations.

  • The successful respondent will be an accredited university, college or educational consultant(s) with knowledge of and experience in developing training materials and curriculum on topics inclusive of and/or regarding tourism, cultural tourism and/or Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
  • Possesses demonstrated skills, experience and proven success in developing and implementing training materials and curriculum on topics inclusive of and/or regarding tourism, cultural tourism and/or Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
  • Possesses the education, experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications to develop and implement this project to successful completion.
  • Demonstrates a history of experience working with Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations. This will be demonstrated through your defined work experience and a minimum of three references. Selection will be contingent on references.
  • Demonstrates competitive pricing.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients. The applicant must deliver all products and data required (as stated in the Scope of Proposal/Project Milestones section above) for the proposed study project to AIANTA monthly and 30 days after completion of the project’s period of performance.

AIANTA requires that deliverable products be provided in both digital format and printed hard copies. Final product can be provided in the relevant format for utilization and replication.

Please provide a complete project proposal to be completed in a timeframe not to exceed 3 months beginning on the date the contract is finalized.

Timeline

The project/final report must be completed no later than 4 months beginning on the date the contract is finalized.

Time and Place of Submission of Proposals

The RFP will be posted on our website, AIANTA.org on June 6, 2022.

Respondents to this RFP are asked to submit their proposal via email to hpeterson@aianta.org. Responses must be received no later than June 24, 2022, 5 pm (MDT). Responses should be clearly marked with the submitting party’s name in the re: line and emailed to the contact person as listed above.