American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association tourism conference


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) proudly announces that their 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) will be hosted by the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on September 11 – 14, 2017.

The annual AITC provides a high-quality educational forum to tribes, tribal businesses and other attendees to help them with their tourism development and marketing initiatives. As the only national conference on Indian Country tourism, AITC is designed to share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the U.S., and features an impressive line-up of expert speakers whose experience provides new information and guidance for all, from tribes just entering the tourism industry to tribes with experience in travel and tourism.
This year’s sessions will feature how to: package a tour, attract tour operators, create itineraries, position your tribe for the international tourism market, develop tourism assessments and inventories, use the latest technologies and strategies for marketing and media, protect intellectual and cultural property, collaborate with state and federal agencies, discover agri-tourism, follow culinary trends and more.

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“Through cultural and heritage tourism, tribes teach visitors from around the world about the unique cultures and traditions of Native America,” said Crystal Holtz, AIANTA Midwest Region Board Member and Sales Manager at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay. “We are excited to bring the 19th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) back to the Midwest Region this year. Tourism is at the forefront of national discussions in Indian Country, and AITC is a valuable entry point into those discussions and the decisions being made.”

Each year, AITC kicks off with fascinating, and unique mobile workshops that highlight the culture of the host tribes and foster networking opportunities for attendees to share, teach and learn from each other.

AIANTA will again offer tribes and tribal businesses free on-site registration and inclusion in the Indian Country destinations website
AIANTA’s annual Enough Good People Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. to raise funds for Indian Country tourism and hospitality scholarships. The awards event recognizes the “best of” the tribal hospitality and tourism industry, accompanied by dinner, entertainment and a silent auction featuring extraordinary items, which include Native artwork from all over the country and overnight stays at tribal destinations throughout Indian Country. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit the AIANTA scholarship fund.
To learn more about the 19th Annual AITC visit (mobile workshops; hotel information; sponsorship, artisan and exhibitor information; speaker biographies; conference agenda; silent auction and award ceremony and more)
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of Native American tribes and tribal businesses that was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. The association is made up of member tribes from six regions: Alaska, Eastern, Midwest, Pacific, Plains and the Southwest. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian and Alaska Native tourism that honors traditions and values.
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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.