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: 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 >>

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 >>