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.

Feature Article: Turning Stone Resort and Casino: A Multicultural Destination

Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York balances the traditions and cultural heritage of the Oneida Indian Nation with modern amenities, exposing visitors to the Indian nation’s culture and values in addition to providing a fun, relaxing experience. The Oneida, or the People of the Standing Stone, complete with their unique past, language and culture, have an extensive history and interaction with the land, maintaining a long tradition of valuing harmony with nature and in preserving both their land and culture. The Oneida commitment to wellness and nature can be seen in the architecture, landscapes and especially in the all natural organic treatments featured in the Skaná Spa.    Read more >>

News Blurb:Travel Gluten-Free, Vegetarian or Kosher with Artisans of Leisure

 Artisans of Leisure offers services to ensure that travelers with dietary restrictions, including celiac disease, vegetarianism or kosher, can travel comfortably and enjoyably during their international tours. "Dealing with dietary demands while away from home is one of the biggest challenges facing a growing number of international travelers," said Ashley Isaacs Gan, Founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. The luxury tour operator assists travelers with food allergies, special diets and other food restrictions in many ways, including communicating food requirements in advance to international restaurants and hotels, arranging private cooking classes and other culinary experiences, incorporating visits to specialty food stores into tours, providing expert guides who can assist with translation of dietary restrictions when ordering food, and offering recommendations for kosher or other restaurants.  Whether it is ordering special meals for trains through Europe or flying kosher meals to a safari lodge, Artisans of Leisure arranges private, customized luxury tours in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.artisansofleisure.com.    Read more >>

News Blurb: Greater Fort Lauderdale’s First Soul Book Expo Celebrates Celebrity and Diversity November 18-19

 The First Annual Soul of South Florida Book Expo will be held November 18-19 at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Expo is a celebration of the newest works by authors of color. Actors Louis Gossett, Jr, Taye Diggs, Isaiah Washington will be in attendance along with a multicultural group of writers such as children’s author Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley.  This inaugural event has found a home in Fort Lauderdale/Broward County which is fast becoming top destination for the enjoyment of cultural diversity. According to Expo producer Mocha Ochoa, of the Oracle Group International, “The Jamaican and Trinidadian consulates have endorsed the Expo as part of the awareness of the 50th anniversary of independence of those countries in 2012.” The kickoff gala for the Expo, “An Evening with the Stars,” will be Friday, November 18.  A daylong family-oriented event will be held on Saturday, November 19, with authors’ readings, workshops, music, vendors, and children’s literary activities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, a facility that houses research, special collections, a cultural center, museum and a public library all under the same roof. For tickets or more information, call the Oracle Group International at 954-793-6401 or email info@theoraclegroup.net.     Read more >>

News Blurb: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Relaunches Miami Black Visitors Guide Website and Guide Book

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced its newest enhancements for the destination's visitors looking to embrace African heritage and cultural offerings with an upgraded website, along with a new edition of the accompanying guide book, "Greater Miami and The Beaches Black Visitor Guide". "Miami has a proud history of welcoming culturally diverse travelers to the destination and offers unique experiences for our visitors and residents alike to embrace the vibrant and rich culture here," noted GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. "Our newest Black Visitors Guide is the latest installation in pronouncing the GMCVB's commitment to those visiting Miami and our partners that celebrate the African heritage culture." The Mayor of Miami Beach, Matti Bower said, "The new Black Visitors Guide showcases Miami at its very best for those of African descent and the city of Miami Beach is honored to support Greater Miami and the Beaches as well as the Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami with this launch." The Black Visitors Guide can be accessed at http://miamiblackvisitorguide.com.  Read more >>

News Blurb: TRYP by Wyndham Brand Launches Marketing Campaign, Multilingual Website

The TRYP by Wyndham select-service hotel brand announced the launch of the brand's revamped consumer website, www.tryphotels.com, available in five languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. It is TRYP by Wyndham's first new global marketing campaign since the Wyndham Hotel Group acquired the brand last year from Melia Hotels International of Spain. By reintroducing the new website in-language, the brand now better accommodates travelers in key feeder markets and connects with its customers in their own language. The website will be updated frequently to feature brand promotions and offers aimed at consumers who shop online for urban hotels in key cities globally.  The new "This is My TRYP" campaign, created by the brand's marketing agency, Miami, Fla-based Navigant, is part of a broad, multifaceted effort to market TRYP by Wyndham as a global cosmopolitan brand that resonates with travelers around the world. The select-service mid-priced brand currently caters to business and leisure travelers in cosmopolitan cities including Madrid and Barcelona in Spain; Paris; Lisbon, Portugal; Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Montevideo, Uruguay. Visit www.tryphotels.com.  Read more >>

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 >>