Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2014

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ing and snowboarding. Recreation areas include the Monongahela National Forest and the Greenbrier River Trail. Last year this proud state commemorated its 150th birthday with a host of year-round festivities. As the only state born out of the turmoil of the Civil War, the sesquicentennial took on a special significance. This year the state is just celebrat- ing with annual events and activities for locals and visitors alike. Taking advantage of the states' scenic beauty , the summer months brings scores of motorcycle riders to participate in events such as the Freedom Fest Motorcycle Touring and MountainFest Motorcycle. Charleston features a host of musical events. One popular venue is the Haddad Riverfront Park, an outdoor place to just kick back and enjoy. Another venue popular for music is The Clay Center where B.B. King is slated to perform later this year. Its no small wonder African-Americans have rediscovered part of what makes the South so great. After all many of our ancestors toiled away and planted the seeds for what the South has become today, a place of energy and excitement. While many have a tendency to look at the South through the lens of history and Civil Rights, the South is more than this legacy. Look around at many of these great urban centers. Black-owned businesses are thriving. There are several Black- owned name brand hotel properties. The South is a place of economic opportu- nity if we just dare to look. The state of Florida alone hosted some of the African-American community's most prestigious conventions last year from the National Association of Black Journalist to the NAACP in Orlando; to the National Bar Association and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers in Miami. The South is not up and coming, it has arrived and awaits your visit with open arms. Alabama Tourism Department (800) ALABAMA Arkansas Tourism (800) NATURAL Florida Tourism and Marketing Corp (888) 7-FLAUSA Georgia Department of Economic Development (800) 847-4842 ( Kentucky Department of Tourism (800) 225-8747 Louisiana Office of Tourism (800) 677-4082 Mississippi Division of Tourism Development (866) SEE MISS North Carolina Division of Tourism (800VISIT NC South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (888) SC SMILE ) Tennessee Department of Tourism Development (800) GO2TENN Virginia Tourism Corp. (800) VISITVA West Virginia Division of Tourism (800) CALL WVA State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia Photo Credit: West Virginia CVB G E T T I N G I N T O U C H 53 B M & T ••• May/June 2013•••

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