Sherry Rupert, director of the Nevada Indian Commission and vice president of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, was sworn in as one of six new members to the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the board’s meeting during International Pow Wow in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“To sit at a table among top international and national tourism leaders and know my voice represents all of Indian Country tourism is humbling,” Rupert said. “I hold this position with high regard and will continue to stress the importance travel and tourism has to Indian Country.”
Rupert was appointed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank last month. The tourism advisory board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the industry, including transportation services, financial services, and hotels and restaurants, as well as a mix of small and large firms from across the country.