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WHY PLANNERS SHOULD ONLY BOOK DESTINATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MARKET SEGMENT
African-American travel has been increasing for decades and remains on the rise. The world has opened-up and African-Americans are seeking unique experiences that allow us to explore our roots, see new lands, and be a part of the world. When we attend conferences and conventions we are also looking for a tourism experience. We want to see where and how African-Americans live in other Cities. We want to visit museums, eat in Black-owned restaurants and shop in our neighborhood stores. But as the hostile political environment against People of Color heightens, concerns of safety weigh heavily in our choices of where to hold conventions and take vacations.
BM&T APEX AWARDS ACKNOWLEDGE IMPORTANT WORK OF INDUSTRY VETERANS
An enthusiastic crowd will be on hand as Black Meetings & Tourism presents their coveted Apex Awards for Distinguished Service in the travel, tourism, hospitality and meetings industry. The Awards Gala, to be held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel as part of the 5 th Annual International Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show, takes place July 28, and features a keynote by Dr. William "Bill" Pickard, co-managing partner, MGM Grand Casino Detroit, and CEO of Global Automobile Alliances..
KATRINA’S CORNER - THE VERDICT IS IN…
It's hard to believe that half of 2018 is behind us. On this 191 st day of 2018, I have been on the road 97 of those days this year (over half). It is startling. As I reflect on the faces I have seen in my travels, worldwide, from pilots and flight attendants, airport personnel and hotel staff, all the way to the convention center management, there is a severe lack of African-American and diverse faces. I can comfortably say that I have encountered ZERO Black executives along my way. The verdict is in: there are way too few "minorities" represented in the travel and tourism industry.
ANGELA RILEY CLAYBORNE JOINS CITY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Angela Riley Clayborne, who has served Lancaster residents for more than a decade as a part of the City's Parks, Recreation and Arts Department, has recently joined the Economic Development Division to spearhead The BLVD Association and the City's Visitors Bureau, Destination Lancaster.
USBC, AME CHURCH, AND BLACK BANKS LAUNCH NEW PARTNERSHIP TO FOSTER BLACK WEALTH
The Black church, among the most prosperous institutions in America, has long led movements for the spiritual, social and civic uplift of Black people. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he had just launched the Poor People's Movement, which quickly fizzled after his death.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ROAD MARCH CHAMPS SPECTRUM BAND TO PERFORM AT MEDIA CONVENTION
U.S. Virgin Islands' Carnival Road March winners Spectrum Band has been confirmed as the official house band for the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair to be held in Detroit, Michigan from August 1 to 5, 2018.
MASSACHUSETTS CONVENTION CENTER ANNOUNCES THE HIRING OF JOYCE LEVESTON AS GENERAL MANAGER
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Joyce Leveston as General Manager. Leveston began her new position on July 16. In her new role she is responsible for overseeing the MCCA's overall business operations teams and contract partners with a major focus on leadership, management and direction to further enhance the customer's experience at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hynes Convention Center and Lawn On D.
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT BREAKS GROUND ON CAESARS FORUM A $375 MILLION CONFERENCE CENTER IN LAS VEGAS
Debuting in 2020, 650,000 Square-foot Conference Facility Offers the Two Largest Pillarless Ballrooms in the World including FORUM Plaza - the First 100,000 Square-Foot Outdoor Meeting and Event Space in Las Vegas
DESTINATION DC ANNOUNCES RECORD 20.8 MILLION DOMESTIC VISITORS TO WASHINGTON, DC IN 2017
Visitor Spending Tops $7.5 Billion, Directly Supports 75,048 Local Jobs Destination DC (DDC), the official tourism organization for Washington, DC, recently announced 20.8 million domestic visitors in 2017, up 4.2% over 2016 according to DK Shifflet. Elliott L. Ferguson, II, DDC's president and CEO, confirmed the 8th consecutive record-breaking year at Travel Rally, a celebration of the tourism industry's importance to Washington, DC.
AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MARLIE HALL HOSTS CARIBBEAN WEEK NEW YORK 2018 AWARDS DINNER, 7 JUNE
An award winning television journalist with ties to the French Caribbean country of Haiti hosted the Caribbean's most prestigious tourism awards event in the Big Apple.
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