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    American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Announces ITB Berlin 2014 Participants

    Albuquerque, New Mexico (January 25, 2014) - The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) announces the final list of participants that will attend the ITB Berlin Trade Show, March 5th - 8th, 2014. This year's list of participants will bring their expertise in travel and tourism and their excitement to one of the biggest travel trade shows in Europe.

    Tundra Tours of Alaska, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Sky City Cultural Center of New Mexico will join the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) booth at ITB Berlin this year.

    "There are 566 federally recognized tribes. We want to show visitors both how similar and how diverse we all are," stated Camille Ferguson, AIANTA executive director. "We know Europeans, particularly Germans, are interested in our American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian cultures. This is a great opportunity for eight of our tribes to showcase their cultural offerings," she added.

    For many Europeans, Indian Country and Monument Valley are synonymous. The area is rich in color, geographic marvels and native culture. Two area tour companies are back at ITB for the fourth year. All tours offered by Monument Valley Simpson's Trailhandler Tours and Monument Valley Tours are led by Navajo people who know every crease, crater and canyon in their motherland. Both offer trips for photographers and adventurers in a land of petroglyphs, pictographs, ancient dwellings and magical landscapes in a full spectrum of colors.

    Below is a list of our participants for ITB Berlin 2014:

    Monument Valley Simpson's Trailhandler Tours, LLC is owned and operated by Harold and Deborah Simpson. Their family and tour guides are all Navajos who are born and raised in the beautiful and enchanting place called Monument Valley. They are proud & happy to share with visitors the beauty of their Motherland. For more information please visit www.trailhandlertours.com.

    Chickasaw Nation's division of history and culture strives to preserve their heritage of history, language and culture. The division offers history, traditional storytelling, cultural education classes, as well as information on cemetery preservation and repatriation. The Chickasaw Cultural Center (CCC) is built upon the stories, leaders, symbols and practices of their heritage and is a vision of Chickasaw people generated from thousands of hours of inspired planning, design and labor. For more information please visit www.chickasawculturalcenter.com.

    Native Wisconsin is made up of eleven sovereign tribal nations and is the largest concentration of tribes in one state east of the Mississippi River. NATOW is an inter-tribal consortium that was launched as a state wide initiative in 1994. Tourism provides an excellent tactic for tribes to diversify their economies, while telling the true story concerning their history and culture. For more information please visit www.natow.org.

    Tundra Tours Inc. invites visitors to experience one of the most unique destinations in Alaska, and quite possibly, one of the most unique destinations of the world- the Top of the World, Barrow, Alaska. We invite you to come to the Top of the World Hotel overlooking the Arctic Ocean, where, from your guest room window, you can experience the land of the midnight sun, watch a whale migrate, a polar bear wander, or the northern lights dance across the sky right. It is an adventure you are not likely to forget. For more information please visit www.tundratoursinc.com

    Brief description of the company: Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico is more than just a tourist destination. Its part of New Mexico's cultural heritage, as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Acoma and its Sky City Cultural Center are the natural destination for anyone interested in an authentic Native American tour of New Mexico. For more information please visit www.acomaskycity.org.

    The Office of Hawaiian Affair's mission is to mālama (protect) Hawai'i's people and environmental resources and OHA's assets, toward ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the building of a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation, recognized nationally and internationally. For more information please visit www.oha.org.

    Keepers was formed in 1996 to protect the Pipestone Quarries in Pipestone Minnesota for all Tribal People. At that time there were various groups around Indian country saying the Quarries should belong to them only and not all Tribal nations. We are a nonprofit Tribal spiritual organization with members all over the world and from more than 35 Tribal Nations. We believe in preserving the Sacred Tradition of the pipe and allowing free access to the Great Pipestone Quarries for all Native American's as they have been for time immemorial and support the art of pipe making. We also believe it is important to preserve each tribe's unique culture, arts and stories for future generations. For more information please visit www.pipekeepers.org.

    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.


    Angelie Gamboa
    PR & Media Specialist
    American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
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