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AIANTA Needs Your Support

The hospitality industry is an incredibly important one for the American economy, supporting 9.5 million American jobs and accounting for nearly 3 percent of the entire GDP (at pre-pandemic levels).

Tourism is also an incredibly competitive industry, with many regions, destinations, and attractions competing for the same visitors. Very few single communities have the budgets or human resources to be self-sufficient in their tourism outreach, which is why destination marketing organizations (DMOs) such as convention & visitors bureaus and state tourism agencies are so important.

(Under) Representing Native Tourism

Historically, Native tourism has not been included in the promotional efforts driven by these associations. In 1998, to help mitigate the lack of inclusion, Tribes came together to form AIANTA, an association charged with providing technical assistance and training, and other resources to Native communities involved in tourism.

AIANTA Needs Your Support

Nearly 25 years after its formation, AIANTA continues to compete on an unlevel playing field. For example, the FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act included funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) specific to Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation with $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds going towards communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

That funding included $510 million in non-competitive awards to help states and U.S. territories quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel. None of that funding went to AIANTA, the only organization specifically dedicated to advancing American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian cultural tourism in the United States. This is despite AIANTA’s repeated request for equity and inclusion in the distribution of these funds.

Sign AIANTA’s Change.org Petition

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Contact Your Elected Official

We ask that you send a letter to your elected officials letting them know the importance of AIANTA’s programming.

Download a Sample Letter
Sample AIANTA Support Letter

Contact Your House Representatives
www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Contact Your Senate Representatives
www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm

Contact the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
www.indian.senate.gov/about-us/committee-members

Contact the Senate Committee on Appropriations
https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/about/members

Contact the House Committee on Appropriations
appropriations.house.gov/

A Warm Thank You to Our Partners

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Native American Agriculture Fund

Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

NativeAmerica.Travel

NativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. Start marketing your destination with us today!

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Education & Training

Technical assistance and training is the heartbeat of our work at AIANTA. We provide general and tailored technical assistance, training and education in a variety of ways.

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International Outreach

AIANTA plays a critical role in supporting the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to bring more visitors to the United States, especially in our participation at trade shows internationally and domestically, to promote tourism in Indian Country.

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Membership

Through AIANTA membership, tribes, the tourism industry and other partners form a dynamic network of shared experiences, resources and support.

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A Warm Thank You to Our Partners

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Native American Agriculture Fund

Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

NativeAmerica.Travel

NativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. Start marketing your destination with us today!

Learn Much More

Education & Training

Technical assistance and training is the heartbeat of our work at AIANTA. We provide general and tailored technical assistance, training and education in a variety of ways.

Learn More

International Outreach

AIANTA plays a critical role in supporting the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to bring more visitors to the United States, especially in our participation at trade shows internationally and domestically, to promote tourism in Indian Country.

Learn More

Membership

Through AIANTA membership, tribes, the tourism industry and other partners form a dynamic network of shared experiences, resources and support.

Learn More