Published November 16, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE—Camille Ferguson, executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), was named to the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI) by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
The advisory committee was established by the Surface Transportation Bill of 2015 and is designed to assist the U.S. Department of Transportation in developing policies, recommendations and strategies to improve travel infrastructure and mobility within the United States.
“I look forward to serving on this national committee that addresses the infrastructure and transportation needs that will improve and grow tourism that will benefit tribal communities and the nation’s economy,” says Ms. Ferguson.
AIANTA is the only organization specifically dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States and serves as the voice and resource for tribes and tribal organizations engaged in cultural tourism. AIANTA helps tribes develop, sustain, and grow tourism destinations through technical assistance, training and educational resources.
Ferguson is Tlingit from the Kiksadi Clan and a member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. She served as the economic development director for Sitka Tribe of Alaska for 15 years, 1996-2012. She established, expanded and managed the tribe’s tourism department, transportation department, gaming department and tribal tannery. She oversaw a $6.5 million economic development budget.
Ferguson is part of the inaugural committee that consists of a broad range of representatives from government and other sectors of the travel industry. Committee members will serve two-year terms.