Two Alaskans elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association
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Written by Explore Fairbanks   
Thursday, February 28, 2019 06:02 PM

Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – Camille Ferguson, executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, and Deb Hickok, president and CEO of Explore Fairbanks, were recently elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association.

Camille Ferguson is Tlingit from the Kiksadi Clan and a citizen of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. During her 31-year career in the tourism industry, she has served as the Economic Development Director for Sitka Tribe of Alaska and on the board of the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ferguson began the annual Alaska Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference; and served as general manager for Shee Atika Corporation’s Totem Square Inn, a native-owned hotel. Under her leadership, AIANTA received national recognition when presented with the President’s "E" Award for Exports by the President of the United States for increasing exports. She served as interim Executive Director of AIANTA from July to December 2011 and became Director in 2013.

Deb Hickok has been professional in the field of destination marketing and management for nearly 37 years. She worked in Pennsylvania tourism until moving to Alaska in 1999 to become CEO of Explore Fairbanks. Throughout her career, Hickok has served in various leadership roles in both states. She previously served on the U.S. Travel Destinations Council. Under her guidance, Explore Fairbanks has received numerous awards, including the Governor of Alaska’s Exporter of the Year Award and the Destiny Award from the U.S. Travel Destinations Council. Hickok currently serves on two other boards of directors, the Alaska Travel Industry Association which she chaired in 2011 and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Both Ferguson and Hickok are recipients of the Denali Award from the Alaska Travel Industry Association which “is presented to a living individual for his or her outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and personal contribution to the Alaska travel industry.” They are the first Alaskans to serve on the U.S. Travel board.

U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. For more information on the organization, visit

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About the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

AIANTA is the only organization specifically dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States. The organization 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. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

About Explore Fairbanks

Explore Fairbanks is a non-profit destination marketing and management organization whose mission is to be an economic driver in the Fairbanks region by marketing to potential visitors and optimizing the visitor experience. Explore Fairbanks markets Fairbanks as a year-round destination by promoting local events, attractions and activities to independent travelers, group tour operators, travel agents, meeting planners and the media as well as by developing public policy and infrastructure to achieve marketing objectives.