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.

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 www.carnival.com.  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 hacu.net. 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 >>