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PROMOTING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION BM&T’S TOP GOAL
Over the 25 years we have published Black Meetings & Tourism I have been quite vocal about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the meetings/tourism/hospitality industry. With over 500 convention & visitor bureaus in the US, there are only 12 CVBs headed by African-Americans. Just a few state departments of tourism are run by African-American CEOs. Less that 100 hotels out of 55,000 properties have African-American general managers. And when you venture into the airline industry and cruise industry, with a few very significant exceptions, African-Americans are nowhere to be seen.
NCBMP PRESENTS 5TH ANNAL STATE OF BLACK TOURISM SESSION
Join National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners members and other industry professionals in Washington, DC for the 5th Annual State of Black Tourism on Wednesday, September 12th at the National Union Building. Discussion will focus on opportunities, policies, and strategies to heighten the influence of the African-American tourism industry.
SOUTHEAST TOURISM SOCIETY HIRES MONICA SMITH AS PRESIDENT AND CEO
The 12-state Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has hired convention and visitors bureau veteran Monica Smith as president and CEO. She is only the third chief executive in the 35-year history of STS. Smith begin on Monday, August 6, upon the retirement of Bill Hardman after his 21-year tenure in the position, according to Tim Todd, Interim Chairman of the STS Board of Directors.
JAMAICA TO HOST TOURISM RESILIENCE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS IN SEPTEMBER
Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica will host a resilience summit with key global stakeholders and thought leaders on September 13 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The date was selected to commemorate hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the most devastating weather systems to have affected the region.
BM&T’S APEX AWARDS A BIG HIT
Black Meetings & Tourism presented their coveted Apex Awards for Distinguished Service in the travel, tourism, hospitality and meetings industry on July 28 th at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel as part of the 5 th Annual International Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show. The BM&T Apex Awards were hosted by publishers Solomon and Gloria Herbert, with PJ Douglas Sands serving as mistress of ceremonies and Dr. William "Bill" Pickard, co-managing partner, MGM Grand Casino Detroit, and CEO of Global Automobile Alliances, as keynote.
400 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY
September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm you are invited to attend this FREE event. Kickoff of 400 Year Commemoration of African-American History Acknowledging the impact of the 1619 African arrival as a formative moment in our nation's history. Recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619. Acknowledging the impact that slavery, and laws that enforced racial discrimination, has on the U.S.
VISIT KC ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO
Industry veteran Jason Fulvi, CDME, to lead organization beginning Sept. 12 The Board of Directors of Visit KC announced recently that it has selected industry veteran Jason Fulvi as its new President and CEO. With more than 32 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Fulvi comes to Kansas City from VisitPITTSBURGH, where he has served for 16 years and most recently as the organization's Executive Vice President. A Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME), Fulvi begins his new role at Visit KC on Sept. 12.
ORGANIZING THE REUNION
Meeting and tourism organizations must handle hundreds of events successfully each year to thrive, just as families planning reunions must also handle lots of variables. When they work together they can enjoy the same results-a successful return on investment for all involved. The following excerpt from Chapter 2 of my unpublished book, Finding the Rest of Me: African American Family Reunions, describes the family side of Organizing the Reunion.
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS VACATIONS® ANNOUNCES FREE FIVE-STAR LUXURY UPGRADES ON “BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA” PACKAGE
Book by September 30, 2018 for Complimentary Upgrades to Elegant Five- Star Accommodations at the Taj Cape Town and Becks Safari Lodge
BRENDA SQUARE TO RETIRE FROM VISIT SAN ANTONIO
Visit San Antonio Director of Destination Services Brenda Square, CMP, CTA, has announced her retirement following 17 years of distinguished service with the organization and 35 years in the industry. Square's final day with Visit San Antonio will be Aug. 31.
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