We are delighted to be working with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce to formalize our long-standing relationships and strengthens our ability to enhance and grow tribal tourism, said AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson.
AIANTA is a nonprofit association of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and tribal businesses dedicated to advancing Indian Country and Native Hawaiian tourism.
AIANTA is a leading expert on Indian Country travel and tourism and related tribally based economic development industries.
The signing took place during AIANTAs 20th anniversary conference in Albuquerque, N.M., where Assistant Secretary Sweeney spoke at the events morning session.
The MOU for Education and Promotion of Tribal Geo-Tourism was set in place to establish a general framework for cooperation between American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism, travel and recreational interests, represented by AIANTA; and the application of geographic information systems to Indian Country, represented by the NTGISC, said Garet Couch, NTGISC President.
AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and Couch teamed up to launch the MOU at the 2013 National Tribal GIS Conference held at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in AIANTA s home base of Albuquerque, November 4 8.
This is an exceptional advancement for both Indian Country tourism and the NTGISC, said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director.
Lamoureux is the director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) and a research professor of business and tourism studies in the School of Business at the George Washington University, an AIANTA partner.