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.

Planning Your Perfect French Cultural Vacation in Québec City

Planning Your Perfect French Cultural Vacation in Québec City 
By Lisa Skriloff 

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  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:  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 >>

Carnival Corporation Continues Talks with Cuba, Now Accepting Bookings for Cuba Voyages from All Travelers on Its Fathom Brand

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company, announced that the company is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Carnival Corporation also announced that it is accepting bookings on its 10th and newest brand, Fathom, from all travelers to Cuba, regardless of their country of origin, and is looking forward to its historic inaugural voyage to Cuba on May 1, 2016. While optimistic that Cuba will treat travelers with Fathom the same as air charters today, should that decision by Cuba be delayed past May 1, Carnival Corporation will delay the start of its voyages to Cuba accordingly. Seven-day itineraries on Carnival Corporation's Fathom brand depart from PortMiami on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The ship will arrive at its first destination, Havana, the following morning (Monday) at 11 a.m. ET. The Adonia returns to its homeport, PortMiami, at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard experiences and several on-the ground activities. To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may contact their travel professional or call 1-855-9Fathom. For more information visit  Read more >>

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Accepting Applications For Southwest Airlines Lanzate Travel Award Program For College Students

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) announced that they are accepting applications for the 12th annual "annual "¡Lánzate! / Take Off!" Travel Award program. Prizes for the program will be provided / Take Off!" Travel Award program. Prizes for the program will be provided by  Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV). Online applications will be accepted through May 13, 2016, at The program is geared toward Latino college students with economic need who pursue higher education at least 200 miles away from home.  All applicants must complete an online application including an essay describing their inspiration to pursue a college degree. Educators and education activists from around the country will form a diverse judging panel this summer to choose the 2016 Travel Award recipients. Travel has been provided to 830 students since the program's inception in 2005. For more information about the prize and to view the criteria for the 2016 award program, please visit: SWAmedia.  Read more >>

Sheva Royal Thai Spa Express – at the corner of “Phuket and Lex”

Sheva Royal Thai Spa was born in Tel Aviv’s luxurious Hilton Hotel as a result of the vision of spa owner, Naomi Hurvitz and her dedication to bring royal Thai culture to Israel. Now she brings the first Sheva Royal Thai Spa to NYC, an express spa model which was created to service the city’s busy clientele. As a native of Thailand, her true appreciation for the rituals associated with her culture has sent Naomi on an extensive journey to provide the Western world with royal Thai culture. This journey resulted in the “Sheva Spa” and a new way of life -  providing the best in holistic mind and body Thai treatments.  Sheva Royal Thai Spa – Express offers a wide range of traditional Thai spa treatments such as a customized Royal Thai foot treatment. Other services offered include body massage, facials and manicures. Convenient membership packages give you unlimited manicures or foot treatments starting at  $67 per month. Sheva Royal Thai Spa – Express is located on “Phuket and Lex” (500 Lexington btw. 47th& 48th). Book online at or visit  Read more >>

Ring in the Year of the Monkey in Style with Top New York Chinese Restaurants

Upper East Side favorite China Fun will have a special Chinese New Year themed menu running from Wednesday, February 6, 2016 through Sunday, February 21, 2016 in addition to its regular menu filled with unique takes on traditional classics. Specialty dishes on the menu for the occasion include Crispy New Zealand Lamb Chops sautéed with chili peppers and spices; Mango Steak and Braised Pork Belly served with Shanghai baby bok choy in casserole. Since launching in 1991 by the Wu family, guests can trust in the restaurant’s ability to ensure each meal is great each and every time they dine at China Fun. The unique menu executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, who has been with the restaurant since its opening, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes among other options. 1221 2nd Avenue (@ 64th St.) New York, NY 10065, 212-752-0810,  Read more >>

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): 2016

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year. Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948. 33.1 million, or 10.4% was the number and percentage of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2014. New Hampshire, at 20.9 percent, is the only other state in which more than 20 percent claimed Irish ancestry. California had 2.5 million people claiming Irish ancestry, which was the highest of any state. Two other states — New York and Pennsylvania — also had more than 2 million Irish-Americans. 42.3% is the percentage of the population of Braintree, Mass., who were of Irish ancestry. Braintree is just one example of the many communities near Boston that are close to having a majority Irish population. Scituate, Hanover, Marshfield and Norwell are some others. 196,568 is the number of Irish-Americans living in Chicago, the location of one of the nation’s most renowned St. Patrick’s Day traditions: dyeing the Chicago River green. Chicago’s Irish-American population was second among cities only to New York (363,045), home to the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Philadelphia was third at 176,568. For more information about Irish-Americans in the U.S., visit