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: 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 or by calling the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 888.837.1841 or 928.428.2511 Read more >>

News blurb: Caribbean Film Showcase Returns to Toronto

Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Film Showcase returns on September 7-17th, 2011. The film festival includes workshops, screenings, networking sessions, and other activites celebrating the burgeoning film and television sector in the Caribean. The Toronto showcase aims to raise the profile of Carribean filmmakers and their products, support the growth of a vibrqant world-class Carribean film and televsion industry, and serve as a platform for promoting the Caribbean as a premier warm weather travel destination and location for film production. Visit   Read more >>

News blurb: The Barbados Tourism Authority and Rihanna Sign Three-Year Marketing Deal

Rihanna has signed a multi-year deal with the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) to exclusively promote her hometown island of Barbados as a tourist destination. The three year partnership officially kicked off in Bridgetown, Barbados on August 5, 2011 with a full-length concert of her current "Loud" tour produced by the BTA and Roc Nation. For more information visit or call the Barbados Tourism Authority at 800-221-9831.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Celebrate PRIDE at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

June is National Pride month which historically brings parties, parades, people, and tons of color to the streets of Chicago. To celebrate, the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel created a Chicago PRIDE getaway package, valid until December 31st, 2011. For more information visit:   Read more >>

News Blurb: The 19th Annual Jamaica Reggae Sumfest July 17-23

The annual Jamaica Reggae Sumfest is a week-long, world-renowned festival that honors reggae legends of the past while also featuring the sounds of today's hip hop and R&B superstars. The event takes place in Kingston, Jamaica on July 17th and includes three nights of live performances. This year the Reggae Sumfest will feature various artists including Reggae legend Beres Hammond, R&B superstar R. Kelly, and award winning hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. The importance of this event is to encourage Jamaica's musical arts and provide a platform for reggae musicians, we well as popular performers around the world. Each year the event attracts more than 30,000 patrons to the tourist capital of Montego Bay. For more information or to purchase tickets visit,, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Enjoy Latin Rhythms at NY's Midsummer Night Swing

This year there is a remarkable selection of Spanish-speaking musicians and singers that will provide Latin rhythms to perfect summer evenings at the Midsummer Night Swing at New York's Lincoln Center. Dance to and enjoy live music from Salsa, Tango, Cumbia, and Samba as Midsummer Night Swing provides varying styles of music from all over Latin America. Nightly events take place Tuesdays to Saturdays through July 16th. Each evening begins with a dance lesson included in the price of admission with live music and dancing from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. For more information visit: or Follow Midsummer Night Swing on twitter for further updates and immediate news @LCSwing  Read more >>

News Blurb: The New York Asian Film Festival July 1-14th at Lincoln Center

The New York Asian Film Festival, which the New York Times called " of the city's most valuable events..." includes world premieres, special guest appearances, and will showcase 46 entertaining films from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Other highlights include the 2011 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Star Asia Rising Star Award. Screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater and Japan Society. The New York Asian Film Festival  is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema which is a New York based film programming, exhibition, and marketing collective, committed to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asia's popular cinema with year-round events and screenings. For more information, visit: To keep up with the latest festival news and film descriptions visit:   Read more >>

Feature Article: Visit and Learn: The Booker T. Washington National Monument Hardy, VA

The first African American family has been living in the White House for a couple of years now. So it may be a bit hard to believe that there's been a 107-year gap between the time the Obamas took up residence in the White House and the year - 1901-- when the first African American was formally invited (by then-president Theodore Roosevelt) to simply visit the place. That guest was Booker T. Washington - born a slave, fathered by a white man he never knew, a child who hungered for knowledge more than he hungered for anything else in life. His drive to become educated, and to foster education for other African Americans, led to his founding the Tuskegee Institute in 1881 in Alabama, which he built into an internationally-respected center of learning. The author of Up from Slavery went on to advise three US presidents, win an honorary degree from Harvard and become recognized as the country's foremost black educator.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Multicultural Travel News, March 2011 - Learning Spanish in Guatemala

If you work in Hispanic marketing, either your job depends on your ability to speak Spanish or you don't really need to speak Spanish to do your job.
If you're the one that works in corporate advertising overseeing your company's Hispanic market ad campaigns you don't necessarily need to speak Spanish. You'll have a trusted internal or external Hispanic market team or ad agency responsible for all account management and creative elements of producing Spanish language campaigns.
Yet, wouldn't it be nice to join the bilingual club or at least achieve a passing familiarity with the language?  Read more >>

KILTR Brings Together the Scottish Diaspora Online

KILTR, online networking site for Scots worldwide, was launched in December 2010 for business professionals of Scottish descent. KILTR brings together 40 million Scots worldwide to network online and tap into the vast knowledge, experience and opportunity offered by the Scottish community, which is renowned as canny and entrepreneurial in business. Unlike other social networks, where people may find themselves connected to strangers with no common interests, KILTR uses a built-in search and recommendation engine that pushes relevant opportunities to the users. The site is focused on delivering valuable business and networking opportunities to members. Professionals, entrepreneurs, companies, organizations, clubs and societies can immediately get started networking with others who have a known shared connection or affinity for Scotland. KILTR CEO and co-founder Brian Hughes Halferty hatched the idea for the network during a trip United States. As soon as he began speaking with his Scottish lilt, he noticed how many people claimed a connection with Scotland, whether through direct heritage or simply love of the culture. That connection gave them an immediate bond. "Diaspora networks ¬ groups of expatriates devoted to their culture and heritage ¬are incredibly powerful for fostering business growth across global communities as well as back in the home country," Hughes Halferty says. The interface also supports complex functions such as contextual posts, attachments in conversation replies, embedded multimedia and links, and tagging of post types for a specific user, group or organization. "There are roughly seven times as many people of Scottish descent living outside of Scotland as there are living in Scotland," remarked Stewart Fraser, co-founder and CTO. Visit Read more >>