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: Puerto Vallarta Sponsored 23rd Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards, San Francisco, CA

In an effort to promote Puerto Vallarta's gay-friendly attractions, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board worked in partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as a sponsor of the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards held in San Francisco. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is also running a regional and national LGBT media campaign offering a trip giveaway for two to Puerto Vallarta, including a stay at Casa Cupula named one of the top 5 most luxurious gay friendly hotels in the world by Gay.com. Puerto Vallarta was once recognized as a preferred LGBT friendly destination in the Americas by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and offers an infrastructure that is frequently included in leading media as gay friendly destination lists, from Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet to Out Traveler and Passport Magazine. For more information, visit www.gayguidevallarta.com and www.visitpuertovallarta.com.   Read more >>

News Blurb: The Apollo Cultural Exchange Series Presents A Celebration of June's Black Music Month Starring African Reggae Star Tiken Jah Fakoly, June 16th, NYC

In recognition of Black Music Month in June 2012, the Apollo Theater's Cultural Exchange Series will celebrate over 50 years of reggae music with a special concert starring African Reggae icon Tiken Jah Fakoly on Saturday, June 16th at 8pm. Known for his politically charged lyrics, Tiken Jah Fakoly is the premier artist in African reggae and has often been called the African Bob Marley, drawing comparisons to the reggae legend for his soulful vocals, the revolutionary messages in his music, and his mastery of roots-reggae. The world music star has sold out stadiums and venues all over Europe and Africa and will now make a rare trip to the United States for his first ever appearance on the legendary Apollo stage, where he will perform classics and material from his latest album, the critically acclaimed  African Revolution. This special Cross Cultural concert coincides with the 50thanniversary of Jamaica's independence, a milestone that has brought international attention to reggae music's evolution, its impact on popular culture around the world, and the international sub-genres it has inspired, including African reggae. The Apollo's Cross Cultural Exchange presentations focus on music, artists, or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.  Many of the artists presented represent cultural communities in Harlem and Upper Manhattan, including artists of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Senegalese, Ivorian and Malian cultural heritage. This show will also feature popular New York City based reggae outfit The Cannabis Cup Band. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are on sale ($25 to $55) at the Apollo Theater Box Office. The Apollo in New York City is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.  Read more >>

News Blurb: Explore Oakland, One of the Most Diverse Cities in the Country

Visit OaklandLocated in heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland is buzzing with new energy from a restaurant scene, a thriving arts community and hundreds of fun things to see and do. Take a trip to the African American Museum & Library in Oakland. This venue is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experience of African Americans in California and the West. The museum also has several exhibits and programs highlighting the historical accomplishments of generations of African Americans. Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre is now home to top entertainers, including African American comedians such as Sinbad and celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal. Each year, the theatre hosts the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. The competition was initially created in 1986 by theatre artist Tony Spires for African American and other minorities. Alumni of the event include Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Nick Cannon, D.C. Curry, and Mike Epps. Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the country, with more than 125 languages spoken throughout the city. Oakland has one of the largest LGBT populations in the country; according to the Gay and Lesbian Atlas, with information from the 2000 U.S. census, Oakland contains the highest concentration of lesbian couples of any city in the nation and has the second highest number of same-sex couple households. As a result, there are a plethora of diverse events and festivals, such as the Oakland Pride Festival, Chinatown Street Festival, Dia de Los Muertos festivals and more. The White Horse Bar hosts “Queer Centric Ladies Appreciation Nights”, as well as Indie Electro Dance parties. Bench and Bar draws visitors who are interested in a Latin vibe, and Club Anton in Jack London Square is a popular Latin and jazz dance club. Each summer, the Oakland Pride Festival draws 50,000 supporters and members of the LGBT community. Live performances, entertainment, dancing and marching are all a part of the celebration. For more information, contact Lindsay Wright, Communications Manager, lindsay@visitoakland.org or visit http://www.visitoakland.org.  Read more >>

News Blurb: Dred Scott Statue to be Unveiled in St. Louis on June 8, 2012

A statue recognizing the major historic role played by Dred Scott and his wife, Harriet, will be unveiled on June 8, 2012 at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Mo., the site where the couple petitioned in 1846 for their freedom from slavery, setting in motion the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Civil War and three amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Foundation President and Founder Lynne M. Jackson, who is the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, said “The memory of Dred Scott and the important shift he helped to bring about in American society is a story that deserves to be recognized and remembered for all future generations.” Jackson continued, “Harriet and Dred Scott are true American heroes. For twelve years they actively fought for justice and freedom, the core values of the American dream. Their brave and tireless efforts led directly to the abolition of slavery in our country. A monument to their struggle for freedom is certainly called for, and there could be no better place for it than the very courthouse where their historic legal battle began.”According to the online Dred Scott history exhibit at Washington University in St. Louis, “St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the site of one of the most important events in American history. Dred Scott, a slave aged some 50 years, and his wife Harriet, petitioned for their freedom in 1846. The Scotts' two trials, in 1847 and 1850 in Missouri, instigated a series of complex events which resulted in a Supreme Court decision, and ultimately hastened the onset of the American Civil War.”  The Dred Scott Decision inspired Abraham Lincoln to run for president.   According to historians, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were a result of the Dred Scott Decision and the Civil War. For more information, visit http://www.thedredscottfoundation.org.
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Multicultural Dining and Entertainment Options With Carnival Miracle's Launch of Year-Round Service from New York

Multicultural dining and entertainment choices, including The Taste Bar complimentary appetizer program and the Punchliner Comedy Club and Comedy Brunch presented by George Lopez, debut on the Carnival Miracle which launched the line’s first year-round schedule from New York on April 12, 2012.Carnival’s newest casual dining option, The Taste Bar, is being introduced on Carnival Miracle with fleet wide implementation expected to be completed by summer 2013. The Taste Bar sample offerings include roasted pork tacos with green chili salsa and aged cotija cheese and chicken, avocado, and lime tortilla soup; fried malanga (sweet potatoes) filled with ginger-scented pork and lime aioli, and pepper pot soup with cilantro sour cream; short rib croquettes with chipotle aioli and guava and tomato relish, served with pumpkin bisque with sour cream. For the Punchliner Comedy Brunch, many items are inspired by Lopez’s Mexican heritage, including Carne y Huevos – filet mignon topped with two eggs and béarnaise sauce; Hen Alla Diavola, grilled chicken with lemon and pepper; and Mexican-style churros. Two special “George’s Recipes” dishes created by the comedian himself – his own take on Huevos Rancheros which features a chicken quesadilla topped with fried eggs and manchego cheese, and a breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, beans and chorizo – are also offered. As Carnival’s “curator of comedy,” Lopez will act as a consultant on the vetting and hiring of comedic talent in one of the line’s most popular nighttime entertainment options, and advise on décor, lighting, music and more to enhance the overall comedy club experience. The Punchliner Comedy Club will offer five side-splitting 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. Two early-evening shows offer family fun while the later performances feature R-rated adults-only comedy. Lopez has recorded a number of fun, light-hearted greetings that will be shown on Carnival Miracle’s in-cabin televisions and played during introductions of comedy club performances. Itineraries offered: Eastern Caribbean departures to San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk; Bahamas sailings featuring stops at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau, and Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport. For more information, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com    Read more >>

News Blurb: 2012 Activity Holidays from the Ulster Historical Foundation, a Genealogical Research Agency in Ireland, Help Ulsters Trace Irish Family History

Discover your Ulster ancestors with activity holidays in 2012 from the Ulster Historical Foundation, an educational, non-profit charitable organisation based in Belfast, Ireland. For more than 50 years, they have been researching people's Irish family histories. This year, they will be hosting three activity holidays – Ulster History and Genealogy Summer School, June 20-26 in association with the University of Ulster; Belfast History and Genealogy Summer School, August 26 – September 1 in association with Stranmillis University College; Ulster Genealogy and Migration Studies Autumn School, October 7-13 in association with the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. These activity holidays are ideally suited to anyone with an interest in the history of the province of Ulster and a yearning to learn more about their Ulster ancestors. The Ulster Historical Foundation is a long-established, highly reputable research and publishing agency. It offers extensive knowledge on the sources available for tracing Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. For more information, visit www.ancestryireland.com  Read more >>

News Blurb: Atlanta Jazz Festival Celebrates 35 Years of Southern Hospitality and World Class Jazz, May 2012

Every day throughout the month of May there will be jazz performances in parks, restaurants, clubs and venues around Atlanta as part of this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival.   Activities will include live jazz in Underground Atlanta, Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum, Jazz Under the Stars at Clark Atlanta University, Friday Jazz at the High Museum and Fiesta Atlanta in Centennial Olympic Park. This year’s performance schedule includes jazz greats Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Kathleen Bertrand, Russell Gunn, Edy Martinez, Ojeda Penn and Johnny O’Neal.   Newcomers to the festival include the rhythmic Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra, soulful singer and saxophonist Grace Kelly, and the R&B and hip-hop influenced Robert Glasper Experiment.  This year there will be three concerts at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in the heart of Midtown: Ojeda Penn, Johnny O’ Neal and AJF Late Night Jazz Jam with Friends.  “We are reaching an important milestone as the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates 35 years,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.  “We take our stewardship of the festival seriously and salute the leaders whose vision and hard work created this preeminent cultural event, featuring well-known jazz legends and exciting new artists.”   The 35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. For a complete listing of events for “31 Days of Jazz” and the full performance schedule in Piedmont Park, visit www.atlantafestivals.com  Read more >>

News Blurb: Native American Cultural Tourism Conference, Upper Village of Moenkopi, AZ, May 9-11, 2012

Wes StudiThe Institute of American Indian Arts, Center for Lifelong Education headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico has partnered with the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites and the Upper Village of Moenkopi to host a unique Native American Cultural Tourism Conference on May 9-11, 2012 in upper village of Moenkopi, AZ. Conference Coordinator Ramus Suina says “This will be the eighth annual conference that the Center for Lifelong Education has staged and the first ever outside of New Mexico.  This is an important event and a great opportunity for Native American tourism leaders from around the country to share and learn about the rich history and culture of many tribes. Every year we strengthen partnerships and collaborations to build and sustain tribal tourism.” This year’s conference will be held at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites located in the Upper Village of Moenkopi, Western Gateway to Hopi.  All attendees are invited to tour the Tribal lands of Arizona to experience the beauty, culture and hospitality of this region of Native America. The famous Cherokee actor and director, Wes Studi, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. He most recently portrayed General Linus Abner (an analogue to the biblical Abner) in the NBC series Kings, and Eytukan in James Cameron’s box office blockbuster, Avatar. Upper Village of Moenkopi Governor William Charley says “Current unemployment on Hopi Land nears or exceeds 50% and similar circumstances face much of Indian Country and rural America.  The Cultural Tourism Conference will provide a variety of workshop venues, regional tours, and hands-on training to inform tribal and community members of opportunities and resources designed to stimulate local economic development.  This is a very important gathering for Hopi and tribal members across Arizona and the entire country.” Program topics include capacity building to strengthen tribal state and federal tourism relationships, community development: business from a community perspective, hospitality and customer services from a cultural perspective and more. For more information, visit www.iaia.edu/cle/events/ctw_home/.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Orlando Blossoms with Special Spring and Summer Events for the Culturally Diverse Traveler

Visit OrlandoOrlando is well-known for offering visitors the opportunity to visit one-of-a-kind attractions, but the destination also gives visitors the chance to attend unique festivals and special events. The following list highlights some of Central Florida’s varied annual festivals and special events from March – July 2012. In April, the upcoming events include the 48th annual Ron Jon surf shop Easter surfing festival on April 6-8, the 25th annual fiesta Medina on April 8th, the Easter Sunrise Service, Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival, the 21st annual Florida film festival and more. For more information visit www.visitorlando.com 

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News Blurb: Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa Names Diego Garcia LatAm Regional Sales Mgr

The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa announced the appointment of Diego Garcia to the position of Regional Sales Manager, responsible for the Latin American region. Garcia brings with him more than 14 years of experience in the sales and operations industry with several Aruban hotels and has a proven track record of meeting and exceeding revenue goals. The Radisson Aruba captures the essence of Aruban charm offering sumptuous cuisine in three restaurants including Sunset Grille, the island's only AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant and Mira Solo, the island's only martini bar featuring a variety of 52 martinis; a 30,000-square-foot pool area with two free-form pools; a five-star PADI dive and water sports facility, and more than 15,000 square feet of special event space. For more information, visit http://www.radisson.com
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