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Schedule, Subject to Change

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:15 a.m. – Meet at bus stop for departure at 7:30 to Mobile Workshop

7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Mobile Workshop

The forum will open with a mobile workshop to Acoma Pueblo Sky City, where attendees will have the opportunity to see successful and respectful Indigenous tourism in practice. The history of the Acoma people and the pueblo dates to A.D. 1100. Please wear good walking shoes for the tour and the walk down from Acoma Pueblo which is on a mesa almost 370 feet above the desert floor. More information about the mobile workshop can be found here.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Indigenous Advisory Committee Meeting
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Coffee/Check-in
8:30 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Round Table 1 – Defining and Managing Tourism from an Indigenous Perspective

  • Petita Ayarza (Guna), Congresswoman, Panama
  • Auki Tituaña (Quechua), Mayor of Cotacachi, Ecuador
  • Carla George (Squamish), Council Member, Canada
  • Moderator: Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Enterprise Editor, Skift
10:10 – 10:25 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 – 11:25 a.m. Round Table 2 – Ensuring Authenticity and Protecting Cultural Heritage

  • Melody McCoy (Cherokee), Native American Rights Fund, Staff Attorney, US
  • Brian Vallo (Acoma Pueblo), Governor of Acoma Pueblo, US
  • Uwahnie Martinez (Garifuna), Owner/Manager of Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco Cultural & Fishing Institute, Belize
  • Jirra Harvey (Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri), Founder and Director of Kalinya Communications, Australia
  • Moderator: Norie Quintos, Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel Media
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Round Table 3 – Re-establishing Connections in the Americas through Tourism Products and Experiences

  • Joel Callañaupa, Program Manager, Latin American and the Caribbean, Planeterra Foundation
  • Richard Humberto Cahui Flores (Llachon), Community Leader, Llachon Community, Puno, Peru – partner of Intrepid Travel, Peru
  • Maraí Tello Leyva, Coordinator, Sustainable Tourism Program, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Mexico — partner of Maya Ka’an Initiative
  • Moderator: Hannah Bloch, Lead Digital Editor, International Desk, National Public Radio
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Round Table 4 – Fostering Partnerships and Financing Sustainable Indigenous Community Tourism

  • Luis-Felipe Duchicela (Quechua), Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples’ Issues, USAID, Ecuador
  • Sherry Rupert (Paiute and Washoe), Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, US
  • Keith Henry (Métis), President & CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
  • Synthia Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque, US
  • Moderator: Jeri Clausing, Senior Editor, Travel Weekly
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Co-creating Community-based Rural Tourism Guidelines
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Closing
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception

Thursday, March 19, 2020

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Strategic Meeting between Indigenous Advisory Committee and Industry Advisory Group

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