AIANTA and Southeast Tourism Society Bring Tribal Tourism to Washington, D.C.


Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2014) – Tourism leaders from across the country are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to reinforce to Congress the strength and importance of the travel and tourism industry.

The June 23-25 event is the Southeast Tourism Society Congressional Summit, staged in partnership with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and NTA (formerly the National Tour Association), and serves as a platform to educate members of Congress on the broad diversity of the travel and tourism sector.

The summit will bring to light the significant contribution the travel and tourism industry makes to national and local communities through discussions about the National Park Service and its 2016 centennial, national transportation policy and reauthorization of Brand USA.

One of the most critical discussions to Indian Country during the summit will be that of national transportation policy. On June 24, AIANTA will sponsor and moderate an expert transportation panel discussion at the Travel and Tourism Policy Briefing during the annual summit. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and feature three transportation experts, Greg Cohen, President of the American Highway Users Alliance; Jim Tymon, Director of Management and Program Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; and Kevin Kilcullen, Chief of Visitor Services for the National Wildlife Refuge System at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Discussions will center on the travel and tourism sector, in which it is critically important that the nation’s surface transportation policy focuses on more than just basic roads, and also include programs like Scenic Byways, Rails to Trails, bike paths, roads on federal lands, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ tourism program.  

“Transportation is an issue of critical importance to Indian Country and to communities, large and small, across the country.  On behalf of AIANTA, we are excited to play a central role in in this important discussion,” said Ferguson.  


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