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.

Sheva Royal Thai Spa Express – at the corner of “Phuket and Lex”

Sheva Royal Thai Spa was born in Tel Aviv’s luxurious Hilton Hotel as a result of the vision of spa owner, Naomi Hurvitz and her dedication to bring royal Thai culture to Israel. Now she brings the first Sheva Royal Thai Spa to NYC, an express spa model which was created to service the city’s busy clientele. As a native of Thailand, her true appreciation for the rituals associated with her culture has sent Naomi on an extensive journey to provide the Western world with royal Thai culture. This journey resulted in the “Sheva Spa” and a new way of life -  providing the best in holistic mind and body Thai treatments.  Sheva Royal Thai Spa – Express offers a wide range of traditional Thai spa treatments such as a customized Royal Thai foot treatment. Other services offered include body massage, facials and manicures. Convenient membership packages give you unlimited manicures or foot treatments starting at  $67 per month. Sheva Royal Thai Spa – Express is located on “Phuket and Lex” (500 Lexington btw. 47th& 48th). Book online at or visit  Read more >>

Ring in the Year of the Monkey in Style with Top New York Chinese Restaurants

Upper East Side favorite China Fun will have a special Chinese New Year themed menu running from Wednesday, February 6, 2016 through Sunday, February 21, 2016 in addition to its regular menu filled with unique takes on traditional classics. Specialty dishes on the menu for the occasion include Crispy New Zealand Lamb Chops sautéed with chili peppers and spices; Mango Steak and Braised Pork Belly served with Shanghai baby bok choy in casserole. Since launching in 1991 by the Wu family, guests can trust in the restaurant’s ability to ensure each meal is great each and every time they dine at China Fun. The unique menu executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, who has been with the restaurant since its opening, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes among other options. 1221 2nd Avenue (@ 64th St.) New York, NY 10065, 212-752-0810,  Read more >>

Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17): 2016

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year. Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948. 33.1 million, or 10.4% was the number and percentage of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2014. New Hampshire, at 20.9 percent, is the only other state in which more than 20 percent claimed Irish ancestry. California had 2.5 million people claiming Irish ancestry, which was the highest of any state. Two other states — New York and Pennsylvania — also had more than 2 million Irish-Americans. 42.3% is the percentage of the population of Braintree, Mass., who were of Irish ancestry. Braintree is just one example of the many communities near Boston that are close to having a majority Irish population. Scituate, Hanover, Marshfield and Norwell are some others. 196,568 is the number of Irish-Americans living in Chicago, the location of one of the nation’s most renowned St. Patrick’s Day traditions: dyeing the Chicago River green. Chicago’s Irish-American population was second among cities only to New York (363,045), home to the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Philadelphia was third at 176,568. For more information about Irish-Americans in the U.S., visit


Children’s Museum of Manhattan Announces Opening of “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

“America to Zanzibar” is the Fourth in a Series of Major Cultural Exhibitions by the Children’s Museum as Part of its Commitment to Help Prepare Children for Today’s Global Society. It's a groundbreaking, new interactive exhibit for children and families that explores the diversity of Muslim cultures in New York City, the U.S. and abroad. The multimedia exhibit and programming at the Children’s Museum (212 West 83rd Street) showcases the cultural expressions of various Muslim communities around the world through age-appropriate experiences with art, architecture, travel, trade, design and more. It will open Feb. 13 and remain open for at least a year. The exhibit, designed for children ages 2-10 and their families, consists of five major sections: a Global Marketplace, Trade Routes area, Courtyard area, Architecture area and an American Home area. The exhibit, designed for children ages 2-10 and their families, consists of five major sections: a Global Marketplace, Trade Routes area, Courtyard area, Architecture area and an American Home area. A wide range of workshops, programs, live performances and festivals will take place throughout the exhibit’s run. Participation is free with admission. For more information, visit  Read more >>

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Brings Back The Art Of Black Miami

Following a successful launch last year, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) brings back Art of Black Miami, a platform that shines a spotlight on local, national and international art and artists representing the African diaspora.  Art of Black Miami takes part during the destination's premier art event, Art Basel Miami Beach. This signature initiative is a celebration of the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami's mosaic and heritage-rich neighborhoods. Residents and visitors will experience new artwork and projects while attending special events, meeting artists, visiting pop-up art galleries and more. A dedicated website – – provides real-time updates and more information on the African diaspora art representing African-American, Caribbean, Latin American and African cultures. "The GMCVB's newly formed Multicultural Tourism Department is proud to bring back Art of Black because it combines two leading pillars in our community:  the diversity of our heritage-rich neighborhoods and our global position as a premier art and culture destination," says GMCVB President & CEO, William D. Talbert, III, CDME. The City of Miami will extend their iconic trolley routes in order to provide free transportation for Art of Black Miami participants around heritage neighborhoods.  Community pockets within Miami and The Beaches are embracing the event with specially programmed exhibits such as "Soul Basel" in historic Overtown and TIZITA (Ti-zee-ta), a fine art group exhibition featuring Ethiopian and African Diaspora art on Miami Beach. More than forty-seven (47) events take place in Miami's heritage neighborhoods (including Little Haiti, Coconut Grove, Liberty City, Opa-Locka, Historic Overtown, Wynwood, MiMo District, Miami Gardens, Coral Gables and Downtown) and they will run until January 17th.  Read more >>

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Six Weeks of Neighborhood Celebrations in Washington, DC

Cultural Tourism DC returns to its roots during September and October with more than 50 unique tours of the District of Columbia during WalkingTown DC from Saturday, September 19 through Sunday, September 27.  PorchFest lets residents showcase their neighborhood with music and art and gives visitors a chance to roam and learn about the area, its amenities, architecture, and even the potential for living there —simply by following the music from porch-to-porch. Adams Morgan PorchFest is Saturday, October 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rhode Island Avenue Main Street PorchFest that takes place on Saturday, September 26th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Cultural Tourism DC’s Neighborhood Heritage Trail program grows this fall when two neighborhoods launch their new trails. An East of the River View: Anacostia Heritage Trail on Saturday morning, October 3 at 11 a.m. At Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail has its kickoff planned for Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m. in northwest Washington. Cultural Tourism DC continues to serve as a catalyst for offering authentic experiences in the District of Columbia providing their programs through the generosity of people and companies that care deeply about the District of Columbia and local history. All of the educational programs are offered free of charge. For more information visit  Read more >>

Leap into Ireland 2016 with Vagabond Adventures

Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland and their sister company, Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discovery, offer trips off the beaten path. Become a Shepherd for a Day on New Kerry UnCorked Tour - Kerry UnCorked is a new immersive and insightful eight day trip from Vagabond that distills the best of Counties Kerry and Cork in Ireland's Southwest. It ranges from a day spent working with a shepherd on a classic hill farm to cycling in Killarney National Park. There's horseback riding on the Dingle Peninsula and even a chance try surfing along one of the Southwest's most beautiful beaches. There are two nights each in the towns of Dingle and Kinsale, the latter Ireland's most famous gastronomic village. Weekly departures May through September, 2016 details at VagabondExperience Ireland through Irish Eyes - Enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration of traditional Irish recipes on a Vagabond trip. Meet local artisan food producers and craftsmen and see them at work at their farms and studios. Join in or observe a local sporting team's training session. Meet local musicians at traditional seissuns at local pubs throughout the country. For more information, visit  Read more >>

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