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March / April 2015

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5 B M & T ••• March/April 2015 ••• March 6-8 12th Annual World Congress of SBMT on Brain, Spinal Cord Mapping & Image Guided Therapy, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. For more information email info@worldbrain- March 7-8 11th Annual Washington, DC Travel & Adventure Show, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Contact Kerry Lynn Bohen at (703) 533-4823; kbohen@- March 8-10 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at\ March 17-18 HICAP UPDATE – Asia Pacific, Singapore. March 18-19 AOCAP – Asia pacific,, Singapore. March 19 2015 PR Week Awards Dinner, Grand Hyatt, Grand Central, New York, NY. Contact Nicole Marshall March 24-26 Atlantic Builders Convention 2015, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ. (609) 587-5577 April 6-7 The Hotel Equity and Lender Perspective (HELP) Confer- ence, Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston, MA. For more information, please con- tact: Ashlynn Crandell, Conference Manager, HELP Conference at acran- or (978) 777-4100. April 14-15 BIG Industry Show, Denver, CO. http://www.bigindus- April 14-16 IT&CM China 2015, Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China. www.itcmchi- April 18 Africare CODA Corporate Summit, U.S. Chambers of Commerce, Washington, DC. Please contact Afri- care Chief of Staff Kendra Davenport at or (202) 328- 5375. April 18-21 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX. For more information: (202) 416.4579 or April 26-29 22nd International Tourism Safety Conference, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. For more information or to register for the conference, visit ( April 27-28 CHRIS – Caribbean, Miami, FL. April 28-30 HOLA – Latin American, Miami, FL. May North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) 2015 Conference & Marketplace, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. www.visitpuertovallar- May 14-17 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) National Association 13th Conference and Trade Show, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, East Point, GA. (866) 901-1259 or www.- May 30-June 3 U.S. Tr6avel Association's IPW 2015, Orlando, FL. For information, U.S. Suppliers, Dom- estic Buyers and U.S. Journalists: ipwreg- June 8-11 Engage – The Verint Systems Global Customer Conference 2015, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. June 11 Driving Innovation, Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. (877) 242-7724 or ( June 17-19 The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference, Power to Change, sponsored by The Green Meetings Industry Council, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA. h t t p : / / g m i c g l o b a l . s i t e - 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 CHAMBER EDITOR Michael Bennett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rebecca Bernard Edith Billups Victoria Head Brienne Herbert Roy Jay Cheray O'Neal SALES MANAGERS Regina Buggs Willa Robinson 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 • AFRICAN-AMERICAN GUIDE TO MEETINGS, INCENTIVES & TRAVELING IN THE SOUTH FEATURES • THE BENEFITS OF MEETING AT SEA • ARE YOU BEHIND THE CURVE IN YOUR EFFORTS TO TARGET THE ETHNIC MARKET? • CUTTING MEETING COSTS WITHOUT CUTTING CORNERS •TEXAS GOLD SPE2CIAL ADVERTISING SECTION • WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BLACK CVB PRESIDENT/CEO? IS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION • STILL A PRIORITY: MAJOR INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS REPORT AREA GUIDES ILLINOIS, COLORADO, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NEW JERSEY, MISSOURI, NORTH DAKOTA, B.V.I. COMING IN: MAY/JUNE 2015 MARCH/APRIL 2015 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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