Sherry Rupert, director of the Nevada Indian Commission, and other officials joined Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki in Bejing to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s presence in China.
In China, the group will meet with government and tourism industry leaders and reaffirm Nevada’s commitment to China, NevadaAppeal.com said. The group will also continue to promote Nevada as a business and tourist destination.
Ben Rupert, Sherry’s husband, and John Rupert, her son will perform traditional Native American dances for conventions in Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou, the paper said.
“It’s going to be really great,” Sherry said who plans to narrate some of the dances as well as wear traditional regalia. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, China ranks seventh in number of visitors to the U.S. and sixth in amount of money spent while they’re here, averaging $6,000 per person, per trip.
Rupert, who also serves as president of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and sits on the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, told NevadaAppeal.com that she will be interested in sharing Native American culture and exploring tourism opportunities.
“We see it’s an emerging market for the United States,” Rupert said. “It would be great to see the interest in Indian Country.”