The national planning committee of the American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association and Alaska Native Tribes met Feb. 14-15 at Centennial Hall to begin preparing for the association's fourth annual tourism conference.
The event is scheduled for Juneau from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The theme is "Preserving Our Past, Sharing Our Future."
Gloria Cobb of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council, co-chairperson for the conference, said 600 people are expected to attend. Sixty trade show booths and arts and crafts booths also are expected.
Planning participants included the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Tribal Tours of Sitka, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the U.S. Export Assistance Center for the United States.
For details about the conference, call Carrie Sykes of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, at 463-7180. Or call Gloria Cobb, 2002 American Indian Tourism Conference, Lac du Flambeau, Wis., at (715) 588-3324.
Online registration information will be available on March 1 at the AI/ANTA's Web site, www.aianta.org.