Community Outreach Program from Office of Tourism offers Native American Workshop

On Dec. 8, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) will meet with representatives from many of the state's Native American Tribes to offer its award-winning, complimentary workshop series, AOT on the Road Tourism Community Outreach Program, at Fort McDowell Resort & Casino.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and will include a complimentary networking continental breakfast and a complimentary lunch. Participants will receive a reference guide to keep and use as a resource in developing their marketing plans and tourism development initiatives.

The AOT on the Road Tourism Community Outreach Program is designed to benefit all of Arizona's communities by educating and answering questions on tourism-related issues. This workshop focuses specifically on the tourism issues that face tribal communities in Arizona.

The workshop includes two guest speakers to address relevant tourism topics, including Urban Giff, Community Manager for the Gila River Indian Community. Giff will share his community's stories about partnering with other entities to bring tourism ventures to the community and offer advice on best practices.

In addition, Cindy Winkelman, former marketing director for the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, will discuss ways to develop a strategic marketing program.

The AOT on the Road Tourism Community Outreach Program workshop also includes roundtable meetings with AOT staff from the Advertising, Research, Travel Industry Marketing, Media Relations and Tourism Development divisions.

"AOT is pleased to present this year's updated workshop program and looks forward to educating Arizona's Tribal communities and their tourism organizations on how to use AOT's resources and partnership opportunities to develop their own tourism marketing programs," said AOT Director Margie A. Emmermann. "Community Outreach is a day full of education, valuable information and networking opportunities that no one in the tourism industry can afford to miss."

For additional information about AOT on the Road Tourism Community Outreach Program or to register for the workshop, please contact Dawn Melvin at 602-364-3707 or


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