Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2014

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May 1-2 U.S. Commercial Service Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series 2014, Embassy Suites San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. For more information contact Michael Rosales at (210) 226- 9000 or May 4 World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2014, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Dubai. May 6-10 2014 Humane Society of the U.S. Animal Care Expo, Ocean Center and the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, Daytona Beach, FL. May 12-15 Romance Travel Forum, Paradiscus Cancun, Cancun, Mexico. www.Rom, May 13 2nd Annual Conference: Doing Business With The BRICS, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC. For more informa- tion contact Michael Cooper at The Eurasia Center (202) 494-0773 or email him at Director@eurasiacen- May 13-15 Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. For additional information about Techtextil North America, please visit For additional information about Texprocess Americas, please visit www.texproces- May 14-17 Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Conference & Expo,. Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH. To register and find out more, visit May 26-28 ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition, Coex Convention & Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea. May 28 Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum, JW Marriott, Washington, DC. www.lippmancon- June 1-8 Caribbean Week, present- ed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), New York, NY. For more information contact CTO's New York office at (212) 635-9530. June 3-4 U.S. Commercial Service Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series 2014, Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown, Los Angeles, CA. For more information contact Rafael Patino at (213) 894-8785 or Rafael.- June 3-5 2014 3AF Asian Marketing Summit & Boot Camp, Venetian Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. http://- tingSummt/Conference2014.html June 4 Invest Caribbean Now 2014 Summit, The Harvard Club, New York, NY. (718) 476-3616 June 4-6 Thailand Travel Mart 2014, the Exhibition Centre Hall, IMPACT Mueang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand. June 5 The 2014 HBCU & Black Greek Diversity Career Expo, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. If you have an interest in learning more about Sponsorship, Pricing, or Getting Involved, please contact Daniel C. Moss at (614) 416-5520 or dmoss@- June 10-12 AIBTM 2014, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. June 12-14 International LGBT Business Expo, Casa Magna Marriott, Puerto Vallarta, MX. http://lgbtbusi- June 16-18 Home Based Travel Agent Forum, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV. June 16-19 2014 Roundtable in the South, Westin Hilton Hear Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. 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 ASSOCIATION NEWS EDITOR Penelope Blair GAMING REPORT EDITOR Ann Brown FOCUS ON M.I.C.E. EDITOR Matthew Thomas MUSEUM NOTES EDITOR Patricia Ann Jordan RELIGIOUS REVIEW EDITOR Patrice Kelly TECH NEWS EDITOR William G. Herbert VIEW FROM THE CHA MBER EDITOR Michael Bennett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rebecca Bernard Edith Billups Victoria Head Brienne Herbert Roy Jay Cheray O'Neal SALES MANAGERS Regina Buggs Dwight Render MARKETING/EDITORIAL CONSULTANT'S Hank Harris Andrew Ingraham O.J. Webb OFFICE MANAGER Dorothy Canty ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Victoria Head Paul Herbert 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 COVER STORY • BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE FEATURES • A CONVERSATION WITH ERNIE WOODEN (PART 2) • WHAT CAN ELECTED OFFICIALS DO TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY? • WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THE INDUSTRY'S DIVERSITY PROGRAMS AND WHY ARE THEY OUT OF VOGUE? • SO WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION? • BEHIND THE SCENES AT HYATT REGENCY TRINIDAD AREA GUIDES MICHIGAN, NEW YORK, OREGON, HAWAII, RHODE ISLAND, SAN ANTONIO, MARYLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE, BARBADOS Coming In JULY/AUGUST 2014 MAY/JUNE 2014 B M & T ••• May/June 2014 ••• 5 Continued on page 7 B L A C K M E E T I N G S & T O U R I S M

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