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: New African American Civil War Museum

The New African American Civil War Museum celebrated its grand opening on July 18th. The new location at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW in Washington, DC is directly across from the African American Civil War Memorial, which highlights the story of the 209,145 African American Soldiers who served during the American Civil War. The African American Civil War Monument and the new museum site has added greatly to the master narrative about Civil War slavery and justice by injecting primary information on the heroic role of blacks in helping Lincoln to win the war to keep America united under one flag. For more information call 202-667-2667 Read more >>

News Blurb: Greater Fort Lauderdale Launches the Urban Experience Guide

To celebrate its colorful history and today's vibrant communities, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an Urban Experience Guide providing insightful vacation ideas, tips and planning resources for the culturally diverse traveler. There are over 120 countries represented and 60 languages spoken in the area, making it the most diverse destination in Florida. Greater Fort Lauderdale, a friendly beach resort, is filled with history and multicultural influences that are visible as the city of Fort Lauderdale celebrates its Centennial throughout 2011. The area continues to see increases in multicultural meetings, reunions, and tourism. Exciting festivals, music, and dance concerts catering to all ages, occur year-round celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture. The guide offers informative commentary on the significant contributions African Americans have and continue to make in Broward County. The 32 page Urban Experience Guide lists attractions, activities, and restaurants to fit everyone's personality. For more information on the Urban Experience Guide and destination-wide multicultural experiences, visit www.sunny.org/multicultural.                 Read more >>

News Blurb: Denver Offers a Multicultural Summer of Adventure

Denver is host to a variety of multicultural summer festival events, in addition to Denver's great variety of Latin restaurants and nightclubs. Enjoy a night of Mexican, Cuban or Latin American food before going Salsa dancing at a variety of live Latin music nightclubs. Denver's Great Ethnic and Multicultural Events include: "Colorado Black Arts Festival," "Dragon Boat Festival," "Estes Park Scottish Irish Festival," and "Fiestas Patrias". Great concerts include Carlos Santana, George Lopez, Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel, Banda el Recodo, and Banda Los Recoditos. From Navajo textiles and Plains beadwork to modern bronze sculpture, Denver is paying homage to its Native American ancestry this summer through special exhibits on display at the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver ends the summer celebrating diversity and Irish culture with one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation on September 8th and celebrating Mexican Independence Day on September 17th. For more information visit www.visitdenver.com.   Read more >>

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 www.SalsaTrail.com 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 http://caribbeantales-worldwide.com.   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 www.visitbarbados.org 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: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chisr-renaissance-chicago-hotel.   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 www.reggaesumfest.com, www.visitjamaica.com, 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: www.LincolnCenter.org 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 "...one 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: www.FilmLinc.com. To keep up with the latest festival news and film descriptions visit: www.subwaycinemanews.com.   Read more >>