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 AIANTA Town Hall Series: The State of Indian Country Tourism
AIANTA Town Hall Series: The State of Indian Country Tourism
Join AIANTA in a lively discussion about the state of the tourism industry. AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe) and Board President Emerson Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma) will lead a two-way conversation among tourism professionals and industry stakeholders, including sharing the results of AIANTA’s State of the Tourism Industry survey for 2021. During this session, AIANTA will also unveil some of its major initiatives, including a discussion about a possible re-zoning of AIANTA’s designated national tourism regions and the association’s board representation. Tribal tourism representatives are also encouraged share their programs as well.

AIANTA’s new, quarterly Town Hall Series explores the future of the hospitality industry, while seeking real-time feedback from tribal tourism industry professionals. These free, quarterly sessions are open to the entire hospitality industry and tribal tourism leadership, cultural heritage professionals, tour operators, hoteliers, small business owners, artisans and anyone interested in the prosperity of their local communities, are especially encouraged to attend. An overview of each session, including comments from the audience, will be posted at AIANTA.org and will be shared with elected representatives who have an interest in driving economic development among their constituencies.

Apr 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Emerson Vallo
Board President @AIANTA
Emerson R. Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma) has been an active AIANTA board member for six years. He is currently the Principal Systems Engineer for the Air Force’s Distributed Mission Operations Center’s Modeling and Simulation enterprise. Formally the CEO for the Isleta Business Corporation; overseeing and managing all aspects of the Isleta Business Corporation. Emerson was appointed to the New Mexico Tourism Department as a Commissioner by then-Governor Susana Martinez and is the Native representative for tourism in the state of New Mexico. His interests lie in the economic development of his pueblo, the welfare of his native lands, the promotion of cultural tourism in New Mexico and all of Indian Country. He received his Executive MBA from Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico and his Masters of Science degree in Information Systems Management and Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.
Sherry L. Rupert
AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe) joined AIANTA as CEO in 2019, where she has spearheaded several initiatives, including the organization’s groundbreaking new Tribal Agritourism program. She is the leading voice when it comes to advocating for travel and tourism as a significant economic driver in tribal nations. Among her responsibilities, she curates a robust educational program for tribes and indigenous-owned hospitality enterprises around the country. Prior to her role of CEO, she was President of AIANTA’s Board of Directors since 2010. During that time, she was instrumental in working with Congress to pass the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act. Rupert was formerly the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission. During her tenure, she developed the Nevada Indian Territory initiative and won awards and accolades for her work in preserving the site of the Stewart Indian School as a museum and cultural center.