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Leading Organization in the Hospitality Industry Reports Newest Trends and More on September 17, 2020

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) will present its 7th Annual "State of Black Tourism" event on September 17, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. (EDT) in partnership with the National Press Club. Known as one of the preeminent organizations in the hospitality industry, NCBMP's annual "State of Black Tourism" will be a virtual convening that will feature the leading hospitality executives in the industry, along with elected officials, who will present the newest trends for Black and Brown travelers in the U.S. and around the world. Additionally, the virtual convening will discuss current practices that affect Black hospitality professionals as well as the overall impact on the industry post Covid19 and George Floyd.

Jason Dunn

"Tourism plays a significant role in our nation's economic ecosystem and empowers communities and culture," states Jason Dunn, Sr., Chairman of NCBMP. "Our 2020 'State of Black Tourism' convening will once again illuminate the enormous spending power of Black Tourism in the U.S. and globally. The event will also outline course correction strategies by way of data driven presentations for today's organizations and institutions so they can do a better job in becoming more welcoming destinations for the Black and Brown travelers of tomorrow."

NCBMP's 7th Annual "State of Black Tourism" convening, which will be hosted on the virtual platform of the National Press Club, will feature the following speakers:

• Melissa Cherry, COO, Destinations International
• Jason Dunn, Sr., Chairman, NCBMP
• Elliott L. Ferguson, II, President & CEO, Destinations DC
• Danny Guerrero, VP North America Strategy & Co-Chair, DEI Council, MMGY Global
• Martinique Lewis, President, Black Travel Alliance
• The Honorable Levar M. Stoney, Mayor, City of Richmond, Virginia
• Paul M. Van Deventer, President & CEO, Meeting Professionals International

Marlinda Henry

"The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals is committed to bringing relevant conversations to the national forefront through strategic partnerships that seek to make the hospitality industry and this nation its best self," states Marlinda A. Henry, President of NCBMP.

The 7th Annual "State of Black Tourism" is supported by the NCBMP national partners who include Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Richmond Region Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, and regmatch. For more information and to register for this event, visit


The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the training needs of Black hospitality professionals, and more, that support Black meetings and events. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by advocating for equity and helping members maximize their return on investment.
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