Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2020

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3 CONTENTS 16 16 VOLUME 27, ISSUE 11, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 4 Publisher's Message 5 Calendar of Events 6 In The News 8 Hotel Happenings 10 Newsmakers 15 Center of Attention 24 Local Hero 28 Caribbean Corner 32 Travel Data 36 Cruise News 34 34 B M & T ••• November/December 2020 ••• BL ACK MEETING & TOURISM COVER STORY FEATURES DEPARTMENT It doesn't take long to figure out how Marlinda A. Henry is able to handle two high-profile jobs at once. Her "get it done" attitude, energetic personality and ability to juggle mul- tiple roles with ease are just some of the attributes she demonstrates on a daily basis as the president of the National Coalition ofBlack Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) and the Director of Events and Planning or Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in Atlanta, GA. A Conversation With Marlinda A. Henry tells the whole story. By Darlene Donloe 18 18 25 25 38 38 The COVID-19 pandemic may have put meetings and con- ferences on temporary hold, but that by no means negates the need to acknowledge the work and accomplishments of industry leaders who have positively impacted travel and tourism. Apex Awards A Virtual Experience reports on the awards ceremony that took place in September. 12 12 Experience Prince George's For Extraordinary Meetings! assures that new protocols are in place to make sure convening and vacationing there will be a safe experi- ence for planners, convention delegates and leisure travelers ATL Unguided: Where Legacy Meets Evolution highlights Atlanta's deep, progressive and continuously evolving rich heritage with BM&T's read- ers who are passionate about learning more about Black excellence and pride. 33 33 As the world of meetings continues to evolve, so does Florida's most dynamic meetings destination — Tampa Bay. Florida's Most Wide-Open Possibili- ties explores the treasure trove of offers that awaits you in Tampa Bay. African-American Guide To Meetings, Incentives & Traveling In The Northeast explores the many things that make the Northeast such an interesting travel and meeting destination. After recently settling a multi-billion dollar racial discrimi- nation lawsuit against Comcast, media mega mogul, Byron Allen, co hosted a webinar series on the Importance of Doing Business with Black Owned Media. Black Travel Matters addresses how issues of systematic racism affect the travel/meetings industry. By Gloria and Solomon Herbert 30 30 The lack of racial diversity and inclusion in the hos- pitality/travel/meetings industry has resulted in only a handful of Black-owned public relations firms and adver- tising agencies actually having a seat at the table and influence over creative content. Blacks In PR and Advertising and Their Impact On How Business Is Done In The Hospitality/Travel/Meetings Industry sheds light on this sensitive subject. By Darlene Donloe 22 22 "Traveling With Denella Ri'chard" season two is appropriately themed "Rediscover The World." Denella takes you on a journey to amazing destinations "on-location and remotely" to find out what vacationing will be like now and in the future, as we navigate traveling in a COVID con- scious way. Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, has safely opened for visitors, meetings and events. The hotels, restaurants, and arts and cultural institutions are oper- ating under safety guidelines, and there is much to do in this region. Get Your Cincy On provides details. 26 26 Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, CA.

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