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The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization established in 1994. Overseen by a nine-member board, AAITA involves businesses and professionals as members, who voluntarily work together to increase tourism on Arizona Indian communities. AAITA produces annually the national award-winning Arizona Indian Festival. In the year 2020, AAINTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) awarded AAITA the “Best Cultural Heritage Experience” award.

The Arizona Indian Festival is held in conjunction with Scottsdale’s Western Week the festival provides a new platform to tribal tourism and awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities by creating an inclusive inter-tribal event celebrating culture, traditional arts, crafts, and foods, as well as innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.

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Arizona American Indian Tourism earns national recognition

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — This year, AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) awarded the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) the ‘Best Cultural Heritage Experience’ award during its annual conference in September.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 31, 2020)

This year, AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) awarded AAITA the ‘Best Cultural Heritage Experience’ award during their annual conference in September.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 16, 2021)

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