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: 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
  Read more >>

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 >>

News Blurb: The Annual Re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari, Florida

The Annual Re-enactments of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari honored the Seminole's struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and features authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. The event held on Feb 25-26 included live music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows, Seminole Stomp Dancing and alligator wrestling.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Primm Valley Casino Resorts Partner with Legendary Musician Ramon Ayala to Debut New Restaurant

Primm Valley Casino Resorts will partner with Hispanic superstar Ramon Ayala to debut the first Ramon Ayala Cocina & Cantina in the United States. Known as the "King of the Accordion", Ayala is a Mexican-American musician that has recorded more than 105 albums for which he has received four Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards. The artist is one of the greatest performers within the United States and Latin America, gracing 150 stages in both markets and starring in 13 feature films.  Read more >>

News Blurb: New York Pass Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, New York Pass will highlight attractions that celebrate Black History, as well as allow Pass holders to experience what is was like during the Harlem renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. "Downtown New York City" and the "Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour" teach participants about the dramatic history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in NYC. Or tour Uptown with Harlem One Stop - the source for information on Harlem's cultural resources, landmarks, destination points and events.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Kenya, Walk the Footsteps of a Masai Warrior

With the Warrior for a Week program at Saruni's three safari lodges - Saruni Mara, Saruni Samburu and Saruni Samburu - anyone can learn the survival skills of world class warriors. No other adventure offers this exploration and education of wildlife, wilderness and 'life' from one of the most well-known and interesting cultures left in Africa, the Masai. The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local people are an important part of the experience at Saruni Mara, Saruni Samburu and Saruni Wild.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Greater Fort Lauderdale Observes Black History Month with Year-Long Celebrations and Events

Greater Fort Lauderdale honors the history and achievements by African Americans and important milestones with special events featuring music, dance, crafts, family activities and more. Black History Month events in February are just a sample of the year-round, culturally-diverse entertainment scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Throughout 2012, locals and nationally-renowned celebrities will be celebrating the richness of African American history and cultural traditions in a variety of ways.   Read more >>