American Indian Tourism Conference Call for Artists

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS & ARTISTS
Join us! AITC will be held in our Pacific Region, hosted by the Tulalip Tribes at the Tulalip Resort Casino in the lush mid-Puget Sound area 40 miles north of Seattle, Washington, on September 12-14, 2016. Designed to share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs around the U.S., AITC features exciting mobile workshops that highlight the culture of the region and host tribes; an impressive line-up of expert speakers who provide resources and training to build capacity; networking opportunities to share, teach and learn from each other; and presentation of AIANTA’s “Cultural Heritage Destination of the Year” Awards.

Tourism is Good for Indian Country
Tourism is one of this country’s leading industries, generating $2.1 trillion in economic output in 2014. It is the engine that drives many tribal economies. The International Travel Administration estimates that American Indian tribes garner about 5% of the 34 million overseas visitors to the United States.

Who Attends
Tribal leaders; tribal travel, tourism & recreation staff; planners; tour guides/operators; entrepreneurs; artists/cultural workers; museum professionals; historic preservation officers; state/ federal/local tourism and public lands agencies; educational institutions; travel & tourism industry representatives. Registration will open in a few week on our [AITC2016.com]AITC2016.com website.

Artists Welcome
As every tourism director in Indian Country knows, arts and artists are an integral part of tourism. The 2016 American Indian Tourism Conference is giving a special emphasis on art created by Native Peoples featuring works made by American Indian artists. One of the highlights of a visitor’s experience is finding a treasure to take home. Whether it is a beautifully burnished pot, intricately woven basket or exquisitely designed piece of jewelry, it is a reminder of their experience and a story they can share with their friends and families.

Why Support the AITC
AITC is the only national Indian Country tourism forum where the future of tourism in Indian Country is discussed. AITC helps AIANTA continue its mission “To define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.”  AIANTA launched our new destination website [NativeAmerica.travel]NativeAmerica.travel. The website is visually appealing and features tribal destinations and experiences. It also features art galleries, festivals and artist studios that are open to the public.

Registration and Lodging Information
Visit our website at aitc2016.com for more information.

For more information
Contact Gail E. Chehak, AIANTA Membership & Development Coordinator, at 505.243.3633 or gchehak@aianta.org