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CINCINNATI A CULTURAL DIVERSITY LEADER
Throughout the last decade, Cincinnati has built a national reputation for hosting events that honor cultural diversity and promote the development of strong communities. With the region's historic past and its innovative, forward-thinking spirit, Cincinnati places a great deal of importance on African-American groups and travelers.
PHL DIVERSITY BOARD CHAIRMAN BILL WILSON STEPS DOWN AFTER 17 YEARS; RICHARD SNOW WELCOMED AS HIS SUCCESSOR
After a 17-year tenure, Bill Wilson, founder and principal-in-charge of Synterra Ltd. , is officially stepping down from his role as chair of PHL Diversity. He passes the leadership baton to successor Richard Snow, senior advisor of multicultural marketing and business development at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCES KEISHA N. BROWN?AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO SUCCEED THE FOUNDER OF THE AGENCY
Dedicated Multicultural Marketing and Communications Veteran Brings 23-Years of Experience to the Position
THIGPEN SETTLES IN AS PRESIDCENT/CEO OF VISIT JACKSON
Rickey L. Thigpen joined Visit Jackson (formally the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau) in 1987 as the Manager of Information Systems. For the past 31 years Thigpen has served in multiple management positions within the administrative and marketing disciplines.
THE CIAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS COMING TO BALTIMORE
Recently the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) , the nation's first African American athletic conference, announced that it has selected Baltimore as the official site of the 2021-2023 CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS' MARKETING WARMS UP AS COLD WEATHER GRIPS THE NORTH
With frigid temperatures chilling many of the U.S. Virgin Islands' key markets, the Department of Tourism's marketing campaign, launched at the start of the high season, is reminding the traveling public that the Territory is open for business.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEISURE TRAVEL REPRESENTS $63 BILLION OPPORTUNITY
The second study in a series documenting the impact of African-American travelers demonstrates their growing contribution to the United States travel and tourism economy to the tune of $63 billion in 2018. The new study, completed by Mandala Research, follows up on the firm's original study in 2010 establishing the benchmark for understanding this segment of the traveling population.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CONFERENCE SET FOR PHILADELPHIA IN MARCH
The 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Conference is "where diversity and inclusion intersects with academic and corporate strategies."
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE BRINGS FUN TO THE ROSE PARADE AND KICKS OFF YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION OF ARRIVAL OF NEW CALIFORNIA-BASED CARNIVAL PANORAMA
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BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM LAUNCHES BUILDING DIVERSITY IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY MENTORING PROGRAM
BM&T kicked off its "Building Diversity in the Travel Industry" mentoring initiative in Washington, DC by presenting a Youth Forum Roundtable Discussion on September 14, 2018 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. BM&T brought in students from the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC, and the Maya Angelou Academy Charter School to participate. The mission of this initiative is "Building Diversity in the Travel Industry through Exposure and Mentoring."
COMING SOON – WATCH FOR “CONTINUING THE 400 YEAR JOURNEY” SPECIAL EDITION OF BM&T
This issue's cover story launches a series of articles and corresponding pod casts chronicling the progression of African Americans' history and culture from their early arrivals as enslaved Africans in Virginia and North Carolina to occupying the Oval Office in the WHITE HOUSE, a venue built by slaves in Washington DC, a city designed by an African American.
EXPLORE ST. LOUIS CAMPAIGN FEATURING STERLING K. BROWN WINS TWO MID-AMERICA EMMY® AWARDS
Popular 'In the Know' Campaign Recognized at Event on Sept. 22 The Explore St. Louis In the Know ad campaign featuring award winning actor and star of NBC's "This is Us," Sterling K. Brown, was honored recently with two EMMY® Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-America Chapter. The campaign highlights St. Louis' lesser-known aspects that make the city special. In the spots, Brown shares what he loves about St. Louis, the city he calls home
BM&T EXHIBITS AT IMEX
Black Meetings & Tourism exhibited this year at IMEX America, touted as the largest travel trade show in the US. The impressive event took place from October 16-18 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, with pre-conference events unfolding on October 14 and 15.
ORLANDO ANNOUNCES EXCITING GROWTH AT CONVENTION CENTER, MEETING HOTELS
The second largest convention center in the country and area hotels growing to meet demand America's most-visited destination is growing its capacity for meetings, conventions and events as it announces significant new developments at the Orange County Convention Center and surrounding convention hotels.
ENTHUSIASM, SUPPORT BUILDS FOR ATA/ATEF NATIONAL TENNIS COMPLEX, BLACK TENNIS HALL OF FAME IN GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE
U.S. Open Event Heralds New Facility as a Major Multicultural Tourism Draw Philanthropists, professional tennis elite and community leaders gathered during a private reception at the 2018 U.S. Open to raise awareness and support for the ATA/ATEF (American Tennis Association/American Tennis & Education Foundation) National Tennis Center coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale's Miramar Regional Park.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURISM DEPARTMENT APPOINTS JOE BOSCHULTE
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is deepening its working relations with the cruise industry by appointing an industry specialist to bolster the work of the Ports of the Virgin Islands, an alliance between the Virgin Islands Port Authority, The West Indian Company Limited and the Department of Tourism.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHAIRS LAS VEGAS CONVENTION & VISITORS’ AUTHORITY
Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is the first African-American to chair the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors' Authority. He also sits as chairman of the Nevada Association of Countie s (NACO), Board of Trustees for University Medical Center Southern Nevada (UMC), Western Regional Rep for the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO), the Clark County Liquor & Gaming Licensing Board, and the Local Law Enforcement Advisory Board that awards millions to valley wide programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for families in Clark County.
WHY THE REUNION, THE BUSINESS OF REUNIONS By Ione Vargus
In this day and age when social media and pursuit of the almighty selfie ((i)see me, like me, follow me(ei)), seems to be all the rage, there's another social movement bringing all the "me's" together in celebration of "us". It's the family reunion. More popular among African-Americans, folks often ask "Why the Reunion."
NAAAS TO MEET IN DALLAS
The National Association of African American Studies will host its national conference in Dallas, Texas February 11-16, 2019. This conference is expected to have more than 2,000 attendees. In addition, not fewer than 600 research sessions, round tables, panel discussions, performances and demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the week
ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® HONORS NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL AND THE LINKS FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED®
The 6 th Annual St. Jude National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Call to Service reception was held recently to honor the National Pan-Hellenic Council and its Divine Nine partners along with The Links Foundation, Incorporated.
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