“We are excited to bring the 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference back to Oklahoma this year,” said Travis Owens, AIANTA At-Large Board Member and the director of cultural tourism and community relations for Cherokee Nation Businesses. “Not only will Cherokee Nation be able to showcase its many new developments, including the new Cherokee National History Museum, but we will also have the opportunity to learn from other tribes around the country about their tourism developments.”
Each year, AITC kicks off with unique mobile workshops that highlight the culture of the host tribe and foster networking opportunities for attendees to share, teach and learn from one other. This year’s mobile workshop will provide a deeper dive into cultural activities showcasing several neighboring Oklahoma tribes.
A favorite AITC event, the Enough Good People Awards Gala & Silent Auction, held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., will honor the best and brightest in Indian Country tourism including Tribal Destination of the Year, the Best Cultural Heritage Experience Award and the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Also, AIANTA’s Board of Directors recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on tribal tourism and/or who have helped AIANTA achieve its mission.
Accompanied by dinner and a silent auction, the dinner serves to raise funds for AIANTA’s tourism and hospitality scholarship program.
Conference registrations begin at $425 for AIANTA members who register by the early bird deadline (May 31, 2019). A select number of exhibitor spaces are available at $800 per booth. As with previous years, the conference will also feature a local artisan fair, and artisans are encouraged to secure a table for just $150.