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.

News Blurb: Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum's IndiVisible Exhibition: African American Lives in the Americas

This winter, from November 5 - January 2, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Maryland presents its new exhibition, IndiVisible: African American Lives in the Americas.  Developed by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition explores the historical and contemporary stories of peoples and communities in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, and the northern coast of South America by shedding light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity and addressing the human desire to belong. With compelling text and powerful graphics, the exhibition includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. Stories are set within the context of a larger society that, for centuries, has viewed people through the prism of race brought to the Western Hemisphere by European settlers. By combining the voices of the living with those of their ancestors, the exhibition provides an extraordinary opportunity to understand the history and contemporary perspectives of people of African and Native American descent. For more information, visit www.africanamericanculture.org  Read more >>

News Blurb: Helsinki Attracts GLBT Tourists

This spring the Helsinki City Tourist and Convention organized a familiarization trip to Helsinki for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) travel agents in co-operation with the Finnish Tourist Board and Hotel Kakslauttanen in Saariselka, Lapland. Corporate responsibility is one of the strongest trends in the travel industry right now, and it is also a part of Helsinki's tourism strategy. According to research, the GLBT segment generates more travel income per person and travels more than other tourist groups. As a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Helsinki also participated this May in the association's congress in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information visit www.visithelsinki.fi.  Read more >>

News Blurb: At The Staten Island Museum: Portraits of Leadership: African American Entrepreneurs

The Staten Island Museum presents an overview of almost four centuries of African American history in their video and audio exhibit, Portraits of Leadership: African American Entrepreneurs of Staten Island. Showing the voices and faces of Staten Island's African American Community, the wit, wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit, and deep roots of this prolific community are highlighted. The film features Councilwoman Debi Rose, film-maker Gerald Barclay, the Morris family, Patricia Anne Taylor, and several other community leaders. The exhibit now thorough November 1 was curated by Jeanine Otis with photographer Willie Chu, guest historian Cynthia Copeland, and folklorist Chris Mulé. For more information, visit www.statenislandmuseum.org  Read more >>

Feature Article: Multicultural Jamaica in 2012: An Interview with John Lynch, Director of Tourism for Jamaican Tourist Board

In 2012, the world's attention will be on Jamaica with the concurrence of three significant happenings: the country will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence; its athletes, some the world's fastest runners, will be showcased in the upcoming Summer Olympics and Jamaica tourism will reach out to the Jamaican diaspora inviting them to "come home" to visit. Recently, Multicultural Travel News attended the 21st Annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) convention and had the opportunity to interview the Jamaican Tourist Board's (JTB) Director of Tourism, John Lynch, to learn more about these upcoming events and initiatives.   Read more >>

Multicultural Jamaica

With its diverse history and celebrated arts, Jamaica offers a great multicultural experience for visitors.  The capital and largest city, Kingston, is home to the Bob Marley Museum, African Heritage Museum, the National Gallery and Institute of Jamaica.  The city also has tours of many authentic Reggae studios where well-known hits were created.   Read more >>

News blurb: "Celebrate Orgullo" To Showcase LGBT Hispanic Pride during Hispanic Heritage Month

"Orgullo" is Spanish for "Pride," and on Saturday, October 1, the first-ever "Celebrate Orgullo" event celebrates the diverse cultural heritage and contributions of South Florida's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Hispanic community. The event will feature musical performances, folkloric dance, celebrity guests, drag performers, refreshments and vendor booths representing both the non-for-profit and business community. With Hispanics in Miami-Dade County comprising 65% of the total population, (2010 U.S. Census), Hispanic Heritage Month is widely popular in South Florida, with a myriad of events taking place throughout the month long celebration. There are a significant amount of LGBT and LGBT-friendly supporters in South Florida, and many are Hispanic. Coincidently, the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 is: "Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America," therefore it is especially timely that the first Celebrate Orgullo will truly celebrate the diversity of Miami's community. Celebrate Orgullo® is a grassroots effort, conceived and implemented by a group of volunteers who decided that it was time for Miami Beach to lead the way in honoring the cultural contributions of the LGBT Hispanic community. For further information, visit www.celebrateorgullo.com Read more >>

News blurb: New African American Civil War Museum

The New African American Civil War Museum celebrated its grand opening on July 18th. The new location at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW in Washington, DC is directly across from the African American Civil War Memorial, which highlights the story of the 209,145 African American Soldiers who served during the American Civil War. The African American Civil War Monument and the new museum site has added greatly to the master narrative about Civil War slavery and justice by injecting primary information on the heroic role of blacks in helping Lincoln to win the war to keep America united under one flag. For more information call 202-667-2667 Read more >>

News Blurb: Greater Fort Lauderdale Launches the Urban Experience Guide

To celebrate its colorful history and today's vibrant communities, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an Urban Experience Guide providing insightful vacation ideas, tips and planning resources for the culturally diverse traveler. There are over 120 countries represented and 60 languages spoken in the area, making it the most diverse destination in Florida. Greater Fort Lauderdale, a friendly beach resort, is filled with history and multicultural influences that are visible as the city of Fort Lauderdale celebrates its Centennial throughout 2011. The area continues to see increases in multicultural meetings, reunions, and tourism. Exciting festivals, music, and dance concerts catering to all ages, occur year-round celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture. The guide offers informative commentary on the significant contributions African Americans have and continue to make in Broward County. The 32 page Urban Experience Guide lists attractions, activities, and restaurants to fit everyone's personality. For more information on the Urban Experience Guide and destination-wide multicultural experiences, visit www.sunny.org/multicultural.                 Read more >>

News Blurb: Denver Offers a Multicultural Summer of Adventure

Denver is host to a variety of multicultural summer festival events, in addition to Denver's great variety of Latin restaurants and nightclubs. Enjoy a night of Mexican, Cuban or Latin American food before going Salsa dancing at a variety of live Latin music nightclubs. Denver's Great Ethnic and Multicultural Events include: "Colorado Black Arts Festival," "Dragon Boat Festival," "Estes Park Scottish Irish Festival," and "Fiestas Patrias". Great concerts include Carlos Santana, George Lopez, Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel, Banda el Recodo, and Banda Los Recoditos. From Navajo textiles and Plains beadwork to modern bronze sculpture, Denver is paying homage to its Native American ancestry this summer through special exhibits on display at the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver ends the summer celebrating diversity and Irish culture with one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation on September 8th and celebrating Mexican Independence Day on September 17th. For more information visit www.visitdenver.com.   Read more >>

News blurb: Safford, Arizona's Fifth Annual Salsa Fest September 23/24

Safford, AZ Celebrates its 5th Annual SalsaFest on Friday & Saturday September 23 & 24. The SalsaFest is a celebration of everything Salsa including an opportunity to win prizes in the Salsa Challenge. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment and sample some of the greatest salsas in the Southwest. SalsaFest activities include a salsa making contest, Salsa music & dancing, food demonstrations, chili roasting, an evening hot air balloon, and Jalapeño & Salsa Eating competitions. The SalsaFest is all about terrific Mexican food and the hometown friendliness that you will find in many small Southern Arizona communities and where you can find a dozen Mexican restaurants, a family owned tortilla factory, and a local chile farm. Also returning for the second year are the Chihuahua Races. Additional Information is available at www.SalsaTrail.com or by calling the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 888.837.1841 or 928.428.2511 Read more >>