Published November 24, 2017
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association presents for first time at annual conference
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Next week, Native representatives from across Alaska will flock to Anchorage for the 2017 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Providers Conference, where the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will host special cultural tourism educational workshops – the first time tourism will be presented as a focus of this convention.
The BIA Tribal Providers Conference will take place November 28-30 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, and is expecting more than 1,700 tribal representatives in attendance.
“It’s imperative to bring tourism into the discussion at an event like this,” said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director. “We want to educate Alaska Natives on the economic opportunities cultural tourism can present and all of the opportunities that AIANTA has to offer to tribes involved in tourism around the state.”
As part of the Workforce Development Sessions Ferguson, along with one of AIANTA’s Alaska Regional Board Representatives Rachel Moreno and AIANTA Website Development Coordinator Sandra Anderson will educate attendees on the vast opportunities cultural tourism offers as well as AIANTA’s main initiatives to promote and enhance Indian Country tourism throughout the world. These initiatives include marketing opportunities on AIANTA’s consumer facing website, NativeAmerica.travel, training opportunities at AIANTA’s annual American Indian Tourism Conference, tourism focused educational opportunities and webinars throughout the year and international outreach around the world.
AIANTA and NativeAmerica.travel will be providing technical assistance and training as a focus during the one-on-one sessions at the 2017 BIA Tribal Providers Conference. NativeAmerica.travel, produced and developed by AIANTA in partnership with the BIA, is the only destination website dedicated to Native American tourism. The premier website connects travelers to the many unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. As the leading travel resource for visitors seeking travel experiences in Indian Country, AIANTA is excited to bring the economic potential of the site to the tribes in Alaska, while offering on-site training to join the website at no cost to the tribes.
AIANTA is encouraging attendees to sign up early for the limited one-on-one sessions on the BIA Tribal Providers Conference website, or at https://firstname.lastname@example.org/30min.
Also a topic of discussion at the cultural tourism sessions will be the Native American Tourism & Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, which was signed into law in 2016 to enhance and integrate Native American tourism, empower native communities, increase coordination and collaboration between Federal tourism assets, and expand heritage and cultural tourism opportunities in the United States.
This year marks the 27th BIA Providers Conference, which offers training, technical assistance, information sharing and dynamic interaction with peers, professionals, subject matter experts and government officials.