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National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners to Hold Spring Conference in Fort Worth
Day of community service scheduled in one of Fort Worth’s inner city communities
The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) will hold its Spring Conference May 12-16, 2010, in Fort Worth. Convention planners expect more than 300 professionals and students in the hospitality industry from across the county, and as far as the Bahamas and Jamaica, to gather in Fort Worth for several days of training, fun, and community service.

“Fort Worth is pleased to welcome NCBMP’s Spring Conference,” said David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase Fort Worth to meeting planners that will have a direct impact on booking future business in our city. Conventions such as the Spring Conference continue to highlight Fort Worth as an exceptional destination for meetings and conventions, and we look forward to additional business that may result.”

As part of the NCBMP Spring Conference, two Fort Worth non-profit organizations will benefit from a day of community service on May 12. Conference attendees will provide hands-on support and assistance at the following two facilities:
  • Destined to Adorn, a resource center that provides an array of services and programs for women, men and children who are in transition and who desire to become productive citizens. Services include a state approved High School diploma program; job readiness training, tax service, beauty and barber services, college prep, and much more. Destined to Adorn is located at 2450 Evans Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104.
  • HOPE Farms (Helping Other People Excel) targets boys between the ages of 5-7 from single parent homes who lack positive male influences in their lives, and provides a learning environment to help them know Jesus Christ and develop life skills consistent with Biblical truths. The primary address is 865 Atlanta Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.
These facilities are located adjacent to each other in the city’s Southside community in the Morningside addition. The NCBMP team will spend from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at these locations, sharing work teams to complete the work at both of these organizations, and supporting the faculty and staff.

Founded in 1983, NCBMP is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American meeting planners. The organization is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and convocations they manage. Members of NCBMP include meeting planners from numerous business, civil rights, church, and fraternal organizations. Associate membership is available to individuals who represent hotels, convention bureaus, city government officers, airlines and other suppliers who offer services to the meeting and convention community. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable purchasing power and impact of the African American convention. For more information about NCBMP, visit www.ncbmp.com.

About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of the 17th-largest city in the United States. The organization is dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination, with thriving centers of culture and commerce. For more information, visit www.fortworth.com.
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