Multicultural Travel News

Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.
Multicultural Travel News is also written for leisure and business travelers looking for what to see and do and for marketing executives interested in ideas, best practices and the business case for targeting so-called "minority" travelers. We cover cities and countries, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators and other travel marketers with a multicultural angle. Multicultural Travel news is written and edited by Lisa Skriloff.

THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING – a Review

I was familiar with the Irish word for “Cheers” (Good Health) having seen “Sláinte” in writing  but had never heard it pronounced out loud until mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale uttered “Slan-cha” during the performance of THE IMBIBLE: A SPIRITED HISTORY OF DRINKING currently playing in New York City.  Read more >>

Hispanic Travelers Look Beyond Spanish-Speaking Agencies

In Travel Market Report Mar 2017 issue, Lisa Skriloff, President of Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. was quoted in the article "Hispanic Travelers Look Beyond Spanish-Speaking Agencies." See the article at this link: http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Hispanic-Travelers-Look-Beyond-Spanish-Speaking-Agencies.

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Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia

Shops, restaurants, galleries and bars owned and operated by African-Americans are abundant in Philadelphia. Among Philly’s destination-worthy black-owned businesses: high-end lingerie boutique Coeur, nerdy-cool hangout Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, healthful juice and açai bowls bar Stripp’d Juice, top-shelf nightclub Reserve and West Philadelphia’s inimitable arts space, the Tiberino Museum. Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout black-owned businesses. Shops: Amazulu Collections – seven days a week and for more than 25 years, this popular Reading Terminal Market stand has represented artists from all over the world and lived the motto, “where cultures meet.” De’Vilage – natural stone and wooden jewelry, Shea butter, natural soaps and body washes come from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria to this standout Reading Terminal Market veteran. The Sable Collective (TSC) – this North Philly spot is a resource for women of color. The warm, chic storefront sells holistic body care, new and used books, South African jewelry and Cuban leather bags. Other shops include Amazulu Living Room, Jeans, Cultured Couture Vintage and Philadelphia Diamond Company. Spas/Beauty: 3rd Element Spa, Phace, Body Cycle Studio, HolNest. Cafes/Hangouts: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Atomic City Comics, Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge, Stripp’d Juice. Bakeries: Denise’s Bakery, Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. Restaurants: 48th Street Grille, Aksum Café, Dos Tacos, Herban Eats, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Keven Parker Soul Food Café, Relish, South Kitchen & Jazz Bar & Warmdaddy’s, Youma. Art Galleries: The Bazemore Gallery, October Gallery, Rush Arts Philly (RAP), Tiberino Museum. Clubs/Lounges: Reef, Reserve Lounge. Just Outside The City: Girls’ Auto Clinic Repair Center. For more information, visit visitphilly.com.  Read more >>

Lucky Dragon Enters the Las Vegas Strip

Q&A with Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino's Blaire Dela Cruz

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Heritage, History and Hispanic explorers in San Diego

San Diego’s sea, sun, surf and spa offerings have always beckoned to vacationers but a traveler with an interest in heritage, history and Hispanic explorers will also find a week’s worth of activities with nary a trip to the beach.  Read more >>

Planning Your Perfect French Cultural Vacation in Québec City

Planning Your Perfect French Cultural Vacation in Québec City 
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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the New France Festival in Québec City from August 3-7

The 20th Anniversary of the  New France Festival that will take place in Québec City from August 3-7 under the theme “Imagine America”.
The festival will feature over 400 shows, with 200 artists performing in Old Québec, mainly at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, which is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The New France Festival welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year to rejoice in gastronomical activities, historic reenactments, and take part in historic lectures, showcasing with humor the 17th and 18th century period when Québec was a French colony.   Read more >>

Pocono Mountains Celtic Festival, May 28-29, Shawnee Mountain, NJ

This Labor Day weekend, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands in the beautiful Pocono Mountains on May 28-29. There will be non-stop Celtic music on two stages, foot stomping bagpipers from the MacKay Pipe Band, Celtic jam, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers and a variety of Celtic craft and food vendors. The performances include KIR Project - Kirk McLeod from the band Seven Nations has launched the KIR Project. The KIR Project is a Musical Initiative aimed at bringing the Celtic Community closer together through music and dance; Halagan - Brought together to celebrate the police, the fire department and the military through blending celtic music and American standards, this group of five extremely talented musicians has electrified a multitude of audiences across the country with their high energy performances; Pocono Highland Dance Academy - The Pocono Highland Dancers are a cultural and educational group of young dancers that promote Scottish Culture in the Pocono Mountain Area; McElligott School of Irish Dance - Our mission is to instill the "Love of the Dance" in all dancers. McElligott School of Irish Dance is proud to be a registered school with the An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha; Gallagher School of Irish Dancing - Gallagher School of Irish Dancing is committed to promoting Irish Heritage through the learning of Irish Dance in competitive and non-competitive classes. For more information, visit http://www.shawneemt.com/s_celticfestival.html.  Read more >>

Catskills Irish Arts Week, July 10-16, 2016 in the Great Northern Catskills, New York

The Emerald Isle comes to the Great Northern Catskills every July for a week of non-stop Irish music, dancing, crafts and workshops, transforming the host town into a living Irish village set amid the green, rolling hills of East Durham, NY for this annual Catskills Irish Festival. Catskill Irish Arts Week, slated for July 10 – 16, 2016, at the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre in East Durham welcomes the public to explore the world of Irish step and sword dancing, Ceilithe, and the singular sound of Irish musical instruments such as fiddle, uilleann pipes, Bodhran, and tin whistle. One of the best Celtic festivals in New York State, Catskills Irish Arts Week offers an immersive experience for anyone who loves Irish music, dancing, art, and exploring cultural traditions. World-class musicians, more than 70 arts and cultural instructors from Ireland, Canada and the U.S. will take part in the week-long festival to offer exclusive workshops and classes, as well as nightly performances.  Highlights include the Tír na nÓg Youth Program, a  program of music, song, dance, poetry, storytelling, Irish mythology, Irish language, and Celtic Art; Ceilithes – Pronounced “kAI-lee,” a traditional Gaelic social gathering –, as well as The Great Barn Dance, slated for July 13th from 7 – 9 pm. The dance features music by Irish and American musicians, as well as traditional dances for the whole family. More information here: http://catskillsirishartsweek.com/  Read more >>

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Luce Cinecittà Announce La Magnani, May 18 - June 1

Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a film retrospective of the brilliant Anna Magnani, the seminal postwar Italian cinema actress. This retrospective will run from May 18th through June 1st, 2016 in New York City. There are 24-films in the series featuring works by leading directors such as Cukor, De Sica, Fellini, Lumet, Renoir, Rossellini, Visconti, and many others. La Magnani highlights the actress’s illustrious international career, including powerhouse performances for directors like Rossellini, Luchino Visconti (Bellissima), Pier PaoloPasolini (Mamma Roma), Federico Fellini (L’amore and Roma), Sidney Lumet (The Fugitive Kind), George Cukor (Wild I s the Wind), William Dieterle (Volcano), Mario Monicelli (The Passionate Thief), and Jean Renoir (The Golden Coach). This diverse survey of Magnani’s filmography also features a number of the actress’s rarely screened early performances, including her third–ever on–screen appearance, as a scheming maid opposite a young Vittorio De Sica in Mario Mattoli’s Full Speed; as a gold - digging showgirl in De Sica’s Doctor, Beware; showing off her distinctive vocal style as an enchanting nightclub performer in Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia’s La vita è bella; as well as her final roles in Alfredo Giannetti’s historical drama1870—the only time she appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni—and Fellini’s Roma, her farewell to film. The series is the first stop of a traveling retrospective organized by Luce Cinecittà that will continue at film institutions around the United States, including the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.  Read more >>