Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 25 CONNECTICUT This state offers one of the most var- ied and robust tourism products in the country, including an outstanding col- lection of over 100 African-American themed museums and landmarks to help visitors celebrate Black History month year round. Start that journey in New Haven at the Amistad Memorial where a 14-ft. bronze statue stands on the former site of the New Haven jail where kid- napped Africans awaited trial. Stop by the New Haven Museum and Historical Society, home to the world's largest Amistad artwork collection. Check out the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a meticulous recreation of the original ship. Make sure the ship is in port before you stop by (amistadameri- Foxwoods Resort with six casinos, Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants and world-class spas and award-winning golf courses is a top destination. For cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts try sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, outdoor ice-skating at places like Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center and Mohawk Mountain State Forest. A rguably the most vibrant region in the United States, the Northeast is the epicenter of media, government, business, history and culture and has become the destination of choice for the global travel and tourism public. The most economi- cally developed and culturally diverse region of the country, the Northeast is home to over half of all African-Americans. When the international traveler thinks of visit- ing America, the Northeast is usu- ally first and foremost in th eir mind. From the great metropolitan centers of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC, to the quaint villages and small towns of Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut, this region belies the words "America the Beautiful." Meeting planers flock to the region for its numerous elite institu- tions of higher learning, nightlife, museums, magnificent waterways, great hotels and unique conven- tion space that adds value to any group gathering B Y R U F U S M C K I N N EY & M I C H A E L B E N N E T T Photo Credit: Todd Arena The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Hartford, Connecticut. The Memorial the lives lost during the Civil War. Photo Credit: Michael Gaffney Portland Harbor and the city scape, Maine

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