AIANTA Wants You! Preparations Underway for World's Leading Travel Show

ICTMN Staff
10/16/14

Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 15, 2014) – The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will be representing Indian Country tourism at the world’s leading travel tradeshow, ITB Berlin, March 4-8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. AIANTA’s pavilion at ITB, which was awarded as one of the top ten booths at last year’s show, displays the cultural diversity of Indian Country through featuring representatives from Tribes and tribal organizations from around the county.

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AIANTA’s goal is to provide technical training and resources on the international travel and trade market to two representatives from each of the six AIANTA regions – Alaska, Pacific, Plains, Southwest, Midwest and Eastern. In support of that goal, AIANTA is seeking Native American tourism organizations in all regions for participation in the upcoming ITB Berlin tradeshow.

With more than 174,000 visitors to the show in 2014, among these 114,000 trade visitors, and representatives from 189 countries, ITB Berlin is the leading B2B-platform in the tourism industry. It has proven to be a significant venue to showcase Indian Country tourism and to establish and sustain our presence in the international tourism market.

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“At ITB Berlin, we show international travelers how culturally diverse we really are,” said AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson. “The European market, and especially the German market has proven to be a major contributor to the Indian Country tourism industry. This show in Germany presents a great opportunity to illustrate the wealth of places, people and experiences Indian Country has to offer to thousands of potential visitors.”

Interested Native American tourism organizations should contact AIANTA by Friday October 31 to submit interest in participating.  Selections of two representatives from each region will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualifying Native American tourism organizations. After October 31, all unassigned spaces within the AIANTA/ITB Pavilion will be open to any qualifying Native American tourism organizations within AIANTA’s six regions. The absolute final deadline to register and pay for participation in the AIANTA/ITB pavilion is November 15, 2014. 

To be considered, please provide this information in an e-mail to Rachel Cromer at [email protected] no later than Friday, October 31: Name of Organization, Contact Name:, Address, Phone, Email, Website, Description of travel product offered, including itinerary, pricing, what is included, etc., Number of years offering this product.

And for more information, visit the ITB website at: ITB-Berlin.de or contact AIANTA’s International Outreach consultants:

John Deleva at J[email protected] or Sandra Necessary at [email protected] or 505-473-3448.

About AIANTA:

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of American Indian tribes, tribal tourism, cultural and private sector representatives, representatives from the tourism industry, Federal, State and local governments, colleges and universities, and friends that was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. The association is made up of representatives from six regions: Alaska, Eastern, Midwest, Pacific, Plains and the Southwest. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors and preserves tribal traditions and values.

The purpose of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association is to provide our constituents with the voice and tools needed to advance tourism while helping tribes, tribal organizations and tribal members create infrastructure and capacity through technical assistance, training and educational resources. AIANTA serves as the liaison among Indian Country, governmental, educational and private entities for the development, growth, and sustenance of Indian Country tourism. By developing and implementing programs and facilitating economic development opportunities, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association helps tribes build for their future while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy.

 

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