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March / April 2020

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March 8-9 BLLA x Stay Boutique Female Empowerment Conference, Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA. For more information visit 2020-female-empowerment-con- ference/. March 19-20 2020 Women in Tourism & Hospitality (W.I.T.H.) National Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley, San Diego, CA. Fo more information visit March 30-31 Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2020, Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA. For more information visit . April 16-18 National Black Political Convention, Bowie State University and Washington, Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC. For more information visit April 28 UpstateCA Tourism Summit, Almendra Winery & Distillery, Durham, CA. For more information call (530) 899-9090. April 30-May 2 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Preconference Activities, Four Points by Sheraton Miami Airport, Miami, FL. May 2-10 Travel Professi- onals of Color (TPOC) 2020 Conference Cruise, sailing aboard Carnival Horizon, Departing Miami, FL with ports of call in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. tpocassocia May 5-6 Venture Summit West, Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley, CA. https://young- May 12-14 Texprocess Americas, Georgia World Confer- ence Center, Atlanta, GA. For more information contact Amy Hord at (678) 732-2403 or . July 22-24 24th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show, presented by the National Association of Black Hotel Owners & Operators (NAB- HOOD), Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL. www.NAB - July 24-26 7th Annual International Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL. www.Multi- August 25-27 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. For more informa- tion, visit . September 15-17 IMEX America, Sands Expo Center, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV. October 10-11 Port of Go! - Cruise, Destination & Travel Showcase, Orange County Con- vention Center, Orlando, FL for more information visit https://- B M & T ••• March/April 2020 ••• 5 PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Solomon J. Herbert ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR Gloria Herbert GRAPHIC DESIGN: POP MEDIA GROUP Robert Ingram GRAPHIC ARTIST/WEBMASTER Solomon J. Hebert II FOCUS ON M.I.C.E. EDITOR Matthew Thomas TECH NEWS EDITOR William G. Herbert CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rebecca Bernard Edith Billups Victoria Head Brienne Herbert Roy Jay Cheray O'Neal SALES MANAGERS Regina Buggs MARKETING/EDITORIAL Andrew Ingraham O.J. Webb OFFICE MANAGER Dorothy Canty HUMAN RESOURCES Barbara Harper For high quality article reprints of 100 or more, please contact Reprint Management Services at (717)399-1900. The Authority on African-American Conventions & Leisure Travel MARCH/APRIL 2020 B l a c k M e e t i n g s To u r i s m COVER STORY • A CONVERSATION WITH MARLINDA HENRY FEATURES • AFRICAN-AMERICAN GUIDE TO MEETINGS, INCEN- TIVES & TRAVELING IN THE SOUTH • ORLANDO MEETINGS: WHAT'S NEW & NEXT IN 2020 AND BEYOND • HAVE A MILWAUKEE MEETING THAT SUPPORTS BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES • BLACK BUSINESS WOMEN LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING TOURS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES • TRAVEL IS GOOD FOR MY HEALTH AREA GUIDES DENVER, MISSOURI, NEW JERSEY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USVI Meeting and incentive planners can keep abreast of discount offers and package deals being offered by visiting Black Meetings & Tourism's website – – and click- ing on the "Meeting Planner Packages" link. Here you will find many cost saving and often time sensitive deals that can help you bring your meeting in on time and under budget. MEETING PLANNER PACKAGES FOR GREAT SAVINGS COMING IN: MARCH/APRIL 2020

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