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Black Meetings & Tourism Black Meetings & Tourism is an award winning, international bi-monthly trade publication that serves the African-American meetings, incentives, leisure travel and hospitality industries.

By-monthy print and digital trade publication that services the more $56 billion African-American meetings, incentives, group travel, leisure travel and hospitality industries.

"The ESSENTIAL Green Book: THEN & NOW" Addressing  Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism in Travel & Tourism...
08/31/2021

"The ESSENTIAL Green Book: THEN & NOW"

Addressing Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism in Travel & Tourism is the topic of a presentation that will be given by Gloria Herbert, associate publisher and editor of BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM, the award winning, exclusive international trade publication for and about the $118 billion African-American segment of the $2.6 trillion (pre-pandemic). U.S. travel industry.

This presentation is part of an International Virtual Conference from the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 4th at 10:00 A.M New York time. It will be moderated by Dr.Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ( www.tourismwebinar.com/rifai)

To read full article, click on https://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/Publications/Black-Meetings-Tourism/2021/Jul-August-2021/The-ESSENTIAL-Green-Book-THEN-NOW.aspx

"The ESSENTIAL Green Book: THEN & NOW"

Addressing Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism in Travel & Tourism is the topic of a presentation that will be given by Gloria Herbert, associate publisher and editor of BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM, the award winning, exclusive international trade publication for and about the $118 billion African-American segment of the $2.6 trillion (pre-pandemic). U.S. travel industry.

This presentation is part of an International Virtual Conference from the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 4th at 10:00 A.M New York time. It will be moderated by Dr.Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ( www.tourismwebinar.com/rifai)

To read full article, click on https://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/Publications/Black-Meetings-Tourism/2021/Jul-August-2021/The-ESSENTIAL-Green-Book-THEN-NOW.aspx

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  I’M SO TIRED OF ALL THIS INJUSTICE, DISCRIMINATION AND PAIN!  While the recent murders of unarmed Bla...
08/31/2020

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I’M SO TIRED OF ALL THIS INJUSTICE, DISCRIMINATION AND PAIN!
While the recent murders of unarmed Black people by rogue police officers and over zealous vigilantes may be currently focusing attention on these heartbreaking issues, the systematic racism that spawned these atrocities is not new. As far back as I can remember I have witnessed this manifestation of hate and unwarranted fear by White people directed against Black people, especially Black men, myself included.

I can remember clearly back in the 6th grade, one of my male teachers who made it a habit to be racially insensitive towards me and the few other Black children in his mostly White class. One incident that sticks in my mind was the time three of us brothers were talking while the class was in session. The teacher lost his cool, walked over in a huff and wrote on my head with the chalk in front of the whole class while angrily exclaiming, “You colored boys need to shut up.”

In the 8th grade I told another teacher at the same school (who was also my guidance councilor) that I wanted to attend the elite Brooklyn Technical High School after graduation. She did everything she could to discourage me and point me towards a local trade school. Thank God for my Dad, who studied with me every waking moment to help prepare me for the entrance exam, which I aced.

On another occasion I was walking out of my back yard one night when I was about 16, when two cops screech up in a black and white, jump out, and one of them points his gun at my head. He barks “What are you doing?” I told him I was coming out of my back yard to walk to the store. He paused for what seemed like an eternity, glanced at his partner, and then they both turned abruptly, got back into their car, and drove off without a word, much less an apology.

At 17 I traveled South and had several unsettling experiences. While in North Carolina I attempted to attend a Catholic church service, but the priest said that was not allowed. Also, while at the train station I was forced to follow the “Colored Drinking Fountain” law.

A few years later, when I was hunting for an apartment in New York, I was turned away by several landlords who told me to my face that they “didn’t rent to coloreds.” Around that same time I was involved in a peaceful sit in, when a cop placed me in a choke hold to remove me from the demonstration. It was these experiences, and those I’ve mentioned above, as well as far too many others to include here, that propelled me to become active in the Civil Rights movement in the early ‘60s, and eventually serve as a national officer of C.O.R.E. with the legendary activist James Farmer. I was recently able to obtain a copy of a secret file the NYPD had complied about me back then. It was frightening to learn that the police had been monitoring me and invading my privacy for all those years. Thankfully, they never found that I was doing anything illegal, or my life would probably have been much different.

Last year I was walking down the street in a neighborhood I have lived in for over 30 years and two plainclothes detectives stopped and questioned me about a grocery store robbery that had just happened in the area. If I had twitched or sneezed or made any quick moves, who know what might have happened?

All of this sets the stage for my involvement in the hospitality/travel/meetings industry for the last 35 years. I have often said in this space that the hospitality industry hasn’t been very hospitable to African-Americans and other people of color. At the beginning of 2020 there were only 12 African-Americans heading up CVBs in the nation. Since then one stepped down, one has retired, and another – Larry Alexander at Visit Detroit – has announced his retirement at the end of the year. This will leave us with only nine CVB presidents, or less than 2% of all the CVB CEOs. The picture isn’t much better at the next executive level at DMOs, or at airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands, where African-Americans are rare or almost non-existent.

I am so tired of all this injustice, discrimination and pain! Enough is enough! I have spent most of my life trying to make a change in the larger society. But the change will only come in this industry when more of you stand up and be counted. When meeting planners and association executives are no longer willing to accept the status quo and demand that CVBs, hotel brands, airlines and cruise lines hire more African-Americans and promote those who are qualified into executive positions, only then will things begin to change for the better. You have economic power and you must learn to vote with your dollars. And CVBs, hotel brands, airlines and cruise lines, you must make a serious commitment to diversity and inclusion, and put your money where your mouth is by: hiring and promoting African-Americans; sponsoring activities at the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, Travel Professionals of Color, Black Meetings & Event Professionals, Nomadness and other groups that represent our market segment; investing in Black-owned media (including BM&T); and sending a clear message to the $73 billion+ African-American travel market segment that you value and appreciate their business.

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06/02/2020
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NCBMP Presents:     Be Inspired Speaker Series: “A Night at the Museum”(Alexandra, Virginia – May 8, 2020) – The Nationa...
05/12/2020

NCBMP Presents:
Be Inspired Speaker Series: “A Night at the Museum”

(Alexandra, Virginia – May 8, 2020) – The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) kicks off its “Be Inspired Speakers Series: A Night at the Museum” with world-renowned African American museums and cultural institutions, May 18-22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EDT each day. For more information, please visit NCBMP.com.

The “Be Inspired Speaker Series: A Night at the Museum” is rooted in uplifting stories of resiliency in the African American experience. This first-of-its-kind, live series of webinars will introduce profiles of courage and resiliency with exhibits and engaging conversations from the following museums:
● Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama)
● Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (Kansas City, Missouri)
● Muhammad Ali Center (Louisville, Kentucky)
● National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
● Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (Montgomery, Alabama)

“We are deeply aware of the mental/financial effects of COVID-19 on the entire hospitality community, our families, and patrons. The ‘Be Inspired’ series is one way to remind our communities of the power and tenacity we all embody, despite our current circumstances,” said Jason Dunn, NCBMP Board Chairman. National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) is the preeminent organization for African American association executives, hospitality professionals and meeting planners in all aspects of the meeting planning profession. Its mission is to maximize a greater return on the meeting dollar investment for member organizations, effect positive change in the hospitality industry as it relates to African Americans and our allies, and empower members to become a voice in the hospitality industry on issues that affect the African American community.

"The physical doors of the Institute may be closed right now, but we’re throwing open the doors to reaching a larger community than ever before with the assist of technology. It is a key part of our mission to remember the legacies of those who paved the way for us to maintain our resilience in the present and strength for future generations,” said Joi Brown, BCRI Marketing Manager. The African American community makes up a large percentage of the changing demographic trends in the U.S. In fact, Nielsen’s “2019 Diverse Intelligence Series” reports that African Americans represent $1.3 trillion in spending power and studies show that the majority of new U.S. travelers will be people of color and varying nationalities. Without a doubt, we will ultimately lead the industry in its recovery.

“At a time when the hospitality industry and meeting planners may be feeling deflated, this is a time to believe in yourself more than ever,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. He continued, saying that “Muhammad Ali once said, ‘It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.’ I know that the content of this series will leave viewers inspired and empowered.”

“During this time of incredible upheaval and uncertainty more people are starting to understand that our world is much smaller, and much more connected than some may have realized, so we must take positive actions based on our principles of Courage, Cooperation and Perseverance,” said Woody Keown, NURFC President & COO.

“I’m honored to be part of this group of dynamic cultural institution leaders who are using our collective stories and voices to provide hope and inspiration at this critical time uncertainty,” said NLBM President, Bob Kendrick.

“Many people carry prejudice and fear. Yet, we all benefit when we open our hearts to respect and appreciate one another’s differences,” said Wanda Howard Battle, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Tour Director.

About NCBMP
The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American hospitality professionals. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable spending power and impact of African American’s and African American organizations in the tourism industry

It is with heavy heart that I share the sad news of the death of our dear friend and longtime industry colleague Al Tuck...
04/18/2020

It is with heavy heart that I share the sad news of the death of our dear friend and longtime industry colleague Al Tucker. Al, a strong advocate for the African-American community and hospitality/travel/meetings industry market segment, devoted his life to developing projects like the American Tennis Association National Training Facility and Hall of Fame currently being developed in Miramar, FL, by providing sponsorship dollars for organizations like the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, and by supporting Black Meetings & Tourism media in a variety of ways. Al was a man of principle, who not only talked the talk, but also walked the walk! As the saying goes, he put his money where his mouth was. We will miss this industry icon. We offer our deepest condolences to his lovely wife Caroline, and request that you keep her and the family in your prayers.

BE CAUTIOUS BUT DON’T PANICBY SOLOMON J. HERBERT At Black Meetings & Tourism, the safety and well being of our publishin...
03/17/2020

BE CAUTIOUS BUT DON’T PANIC
BY SOLOMON J. HERBERT
At Black Meetings & Tourism, the safety and well being of our publishing team, our audience of meeting planners, association executives, travel agents and other industry colleagues is our top priority. So we will continue to take every precaution to reduce the risk of contracting and limit our exposure to this highly contagious Corona Virus. We will aggressively use our various media platforms to share helpful information with our industry about this rapidly changing COVID-19 environment that is causing so much chaos in the meetings/tourism arena.
Click on link to read more http://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/Publications/Black-Meetings-Tourism/2020/January-February-2020/BE-CAUTIOUS-BUT-DON-T-PANIC.aspx

National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)
01/18/2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)

09/24/2019
CONTINUING THE 400 YEAR JOURNEY (head)Where Our Travels Take Us (Following the NEW Green Book) (deck)BY GLORIA & SOLOMON...
12/28/2018
Black Meetings & Tourism - CONTINUING THE 400 YEAR JOURNEY

CONTINUING THE 400 YEAR JOURNEY (head)
Where Our Travels Take Us (Following the NEW Green Book) (deck)
BY GLORIA & SOLOMON HERBERT
On Monday, January 8, 2018, H.R. 1242, the “400 Years of African-American History Commission Act,” which establishes a group of select individuals to oversee and coordinate events and activities commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans brought with European settlers to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, was officially signed into law.
Click on link below to read more: http://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/Publications/Black-Meetings-Tourism/2018/November-December-2018/CONTINUING-THE-400-YEAR-JOURNEY.aspx

On Monday, January 8, 2018, H.R. 1242, the "400 Years of African-American History Commission Act," which establishes a group of select individuals to oversee and coordinate events and activities commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans brought with European settlers...

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