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: 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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News Blurb: Soul Beach Music Festival, Aruba, May 23-28, 2012

The 2012 Soul Beach Music Festival to be held in Aruba, May 23-28 will include contemporary R&B, jazz infused, multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-nominated performers. Soul Beach Music Festival paints a broad stroke across the cosmopolitan landscape of Aruba presenting festival-goers a breathtaking entertainment Memorial Day weekend. The 2012 Soul Beach Music Festival is sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association, Uptown Magazine, Renaissance Aruba Resorts & Casino, The Westin Resort & Casino. Aruba is located two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City. For information visit http://www.soulbeach.net  Read more >>

News Blurb: Tourism to Puerto Rico Surges

Newly released figures rank Puerto Rico fifth in North and South American hotel occupancy. The newly released end-of-year report compiled by independent firm Smith Travel Research (STR) placed Puerto Rico fourth in 2011 hotel occupancy in the Americas, behind Chile, Uruguay and Curacao. In February 2012, Delta announced an increase in flights from San Juan to New York, with three daily non-stops beginning March 1 as a result of the destination's popularity. Puerto Rico's tourism efforts led the World Economic Forum to move the Island up eight notches in just one year on its 2011 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. For more information, visit www.seepuertorico.com
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News Blurb: Live with and Learn about the Caribbean's Indigenous People

Kalinago, DominicaDominica is home to the Caribbean's only remaining population of indigenous people. Known as the Kalinago, approximately 3,000 Carib Indians inhabit a 3,700-acre territory on the eastern coast of the island. Visitors to the island now have the opportunity to experience the rich and unique heritage of Dominica's first settlers firsthand by participating in the island's Kalinago Territory Home Stay Program. Participants are provided simple accommodations for a modest fee in private, owner-occupied residences.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Celebrate Black History Month in Barbados

This February, Barbados honors Black History Month by exploring the rich African heritage. From plantation houses to freedom statues, the sun-drenched island is filled with moving history which is still very much alive and revered today. Visitors can craft their own itinerary from some of the fascinating heritage sites and discover the island's history found around every corner. They can learn about the culture at some of the sites including Rock Hall Freedom Village, Sunbury House, Barbados Museum, Gun Hill Signal Station, and more. The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world's sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com, Barbados' Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. For more information, visit  www.visitbarbados.org.  Read more >>

News Blurb: Explore the Richmond Region's Rich African-American Heritage During Black History Month

The African-American story in the Richmond Region is one of struggle, strength, courage and determination. From the slave markets in Shockoe Bottom to the battlefields of the Civil War, and from arts and entrepreneurship in the Jackson Ward neighborhood to Civil Rights protests downtown, African-Americans have made their mark in all corners of the Richmond Region. Visitors are invited to learn about the African-American experience in Central Virginia at a number of special Black History Month events, exhibits and tours throughout February.   Read more >>