AIANTA Newsletter Dicembre 2017


Monthly Roundup: December 2017
Your resource for all things Indian Country tourism
Happy Holidays from AIANTA
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association office will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd, 2017 until January 2nd, 2018.  The AIANTA team is taking a few days off to spend time with family and friends, and we hope that you get a chance to do the same!
Upcoming Events
This 2-day training is part of AIANTA’s International Outreach program and is designed to introduce tribes, tribal businesses and tourism professionals to the international tourism market.
The training also provides information on the incredible opportunities to participate with AIANTA at ITB Berlin (March 2018), Showcase USA-Italy (March 2018), and World Travel Market, catering to the UK Market (November 6-8, 2018). The German, Italian and UK markets boast some of the highest spending travelers in the world and have strong interest in Indian Country as a destination.
The second annual Go International will provide a tailored, focused training in the international market by experts in the field, and will support participants as they identify their tourism product(s) for pricing, packaging and presenting and selling to markets overseas. The training has information for new programs, as well as established programs.
Industry News
AIANTA Announces 2018 FAM Trip in Washington State
AIANTA is thrilled to announce, in partnership with Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the USA, a number of tribal entities and U.S. Commercial Service Italy, we will be hosting a second familiarization tour for the Italian market in 2018.
Together with our partners, we are working to create a completely Native American cultural-focused itinerary. AIANTA is actively looking for participants and partners from the Pacific Northwest region, in the state of Washington to be a part of this opportunity.
We are looking to partner with tribes and tribal businesses in the Seattle area offering activities, tours, museums, cultural centers, hotels, restaurants, and other tourism experiences to showcase to the Italian market. If you work with, own or know of a great tribal experience within 150 miles of Seattle, please contact Rachel Cromer Howard at AIANTA at 505-724-3578 or
The tour will take place immediately following IPW 2018, May 24-30 and will include participation from both the Italian travel trade and media.
Focus on Tourism – Participate in AIANTA’s International Outreach Program
Tourism is an economic driver in Indian Country, providing a bright future for tribes committed to creating strong cultural tourism programs. Tribal programs have produced cultural, social and economic successes that promote environmental protection and historic preservation while sharing traditions and cultural legacies to domestic and international visitors.
Recognizing Indian Country is a unique part of the national and international visitor experience in America, AIANTA is taking a collaborative approach to the international marketplace. We’re tying outreach to promotion and marketing, and ensuring Native Communities contribute to and share in the benefits of the travel industry.
AIANTA works to prepare tribes and native-owned businesses for success in the lucrative international marketplace through pre-show training, on-site support and education and special training opportunities like our Go International two-day seminar. We are committed to ensuring that tribes are ready for the international market, and have affordable avenues in which to participate.
The organization’s program includes participation in some of the world’s largest travel tradeshows, giving tribal participants and exhibitors direct access to hundreds of thousands of international travel buyers each year and inspiring future travel to Native America. Join us at ITB Berlin, Showcase USA-Italy and WTM London. To sign up and for more information, contact Rachel at 505-724-3578 or

AIANTA is also hosting the second annual Go International, a two-day training seminar that focuses on preparing tribes, native-owned businesses and other tourism operations for the international marketplace. There is still time for you to be a part of our Go International training, taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 22-23, 2018. Register today! 


Read the full story and find out how you can participate here

AIANTA’s New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions top many of our to-do lists each holiday season. As we enter into 2018, we’re more excited than ever for what the New Year has in store for the tourism industry, Indian Country, and our own growth and success as an organization. So, as we head into the New Year, new goals, new directions and new resolutions are fueling our thoughts at AIANTA.
As we reflect back on 2017, we are proud of the work we accomplished in continuing to play a key role as a platform, convener and thought leader, bringing tribes and businesses together to expand tribal tourism. AIANTA, in collaboration with its partners, members and sponsors, had a remarkable year.
Now, as we head into 2018, we are at an exciting juncture in our work to attract additional resources and build capacity in Indian Country using cultural tourism as the catalyst.
We hope you will join us in achieving our 2018 goals and that we can also help you to achieve yours. To jumpstart your tourism goals in the New Year, join AIANTA as a member, and be sure to mark your calendar for the 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, September 17-20, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As an organization, we’ve outlined three top priorities as our 2018 New Year’s Resolutions, to lead us all to have an even greater impact in 2018!
Welcome New Members

We encourage you to take a moment and read a little about each of our new AIANTA members.
If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to learn more about membership, contact Gail Chehak at 505-243-3633 or
Mark Your 2018 Calendars! The 20th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, September 17-20, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM
AIANTA | 2401 12 St NW | Albuquerque | NM | 87104


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