By Rachel Cromer
Special to The SUN
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will present the 17th annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) “Introducing America’s Native Nations to the World,” hosted by the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio Sept. 13 -17.
The AITC provides attendees with a quality educational forum for tribes and organizations with travel and tourism initiatives. As tradition, the conference will kick off with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, exploring the culture and history of our host and surrounding tribes and cultures through interactive mobile workshops. This year, the workshops will feature a tour of Mesa Verde National Park, a tour of Chimney Rock National Monument and Southern Ute Tribal Campus, and the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Durango tour.
At this year’s conference, AIANTA will be unveiling, highlighting and featuring a multitude of groundbreaking initiatives and projects from Indian Country’s tourism industry, including the launch and debut of a landmark consumer-based Indian Country destination website; updates on the highly anticipated American Indians and Route 66 project, as well as the Grand Canyon Desert View Tribal Interpretation Project; more information about the recently introduced Native American Tourism and Improving Visitors Experience (NATIVE) Act; and more.