In October 2020, in cooperation with Indian Affairs, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the George Washington University (GW) International Institute of Tourism Studies hosted the first-ever Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas.
The event brought together more than 230 community, tourism, and government leaders.
About the Forum
Topics discussed during the forum included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on indigenous tourism, the importance of food in tourism, and the ways to protect intellectual and cultural property.
One roundtable discussion focused on how governments are supporting indigenous tourism throughout the Americas. Anthony Rodman, the acting director of Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development at Indian Affairs, co-moderated the discussion with the ministers of tourism from Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, and the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations.
The forum was part of a new Indigenous Tourism Collaborative established by OAS, GW, and Indian Affairs. The initiative aims to build a resource network to inform and support the development of a sustainable indigenous tourism industry.