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Alaska Federation of Natives Selects Anchorage for 2011 Meeting

Anchorage, Alaska - May 19, 2010 - The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has selected Anchorage as the location of its 2011 meeting.   The convention will take place Oct. 21-23, 2011 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

Since its founding and first meeting in 1966, AFN has elevated the issues, concerns and interests of Alaska Native peoples. The convention has helped shape the course of Alaska history, from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to the present day.

“The AFN convention provides a cultural impact,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.  “It is a special opportunity for our community to recognize and celebrate Alaska Native heritage.”

“We are thrilled to welcome this meeting to Anchorage,” said Julie Saupe, President and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). “Next year’s delegates will have many opportunities to explore Anchorage, including the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum, new restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment options.”

The Alaska Federation of Natives most recently held the 2009, 2008 and 2006 conferences in Anchorage.  A joint effort by the Municipality of Anchorage and ACVB secured the 2011 conference, which will provide an economic impact of $5.3 million to the city.

Anchorage will also host the 2014 AFN Convention in conjunction with a meeting of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA).  The 2014 NIEA meeting is expected to draw 2,000 delegates with an estimated economic impact of more than two million dollars.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information

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