Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2015

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B M & T ••• March/April 2015 ••• 7 June 22-24 Home Based Travel Agent Las Vegas 2015 Forum, Las Vegas, NV. June 26-28 12th Beijing Inter- national Tourism Expo (BITE) 2015, China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China. http://www.bitechi- July 1-2 Technology For Associat- ions Congress, London, England. July 15-17 19th Annual Inter- national African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL. horizons- or (954) 797-7102 July 15-17 Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) 2015 Annual Convention, Hilton Austin, Austin, TX. Tel: (202) 296- 7888. Fax: (202)296-7889. Email: July 17-19 2nd Annual Inter- national Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, FL. www.MulticulturalTour- August 5-8 National Sales Network 2015 Conference & Diversity Career Fair, Houston, TX. www.salesnet- August 24-27 Blacks In Govern- ment (B.I.G.) 37th Annual National Training Institute, Hilton Orlando. Orlando, FL. (202) 667-3280 or July 25-29 Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention 2015, Orlando, FL. (800) 934-1957 or September 17 Small Business Expo, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA. (212) 404-2345 September 18-19 LGBT Business Expo, Merida, Mexico. For more infor- mation about the LGBT Confex please visit: October 8 Small Business Expo, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA. (212) 404-2345 December 10 Small Business Expo, Atlanta Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. (212) 404-2345 Continued from page 5 MAKING NEW STRIDES While you already know Philadelphia for hosting some of the nation's most important conventions, what you may not be aware of are some of the more recent headlines that truly make our city the smart choice for your next gathering. New SMG management and progressive work rules at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are making what was already a great value even more attractive. With upcoming meetings in Philadelphia, the NAACP and National Black MBA Association both agree. Our already vibrant and walkable downtown is getting even better. A series of smart new public space and development projects "has transformed Philadelphia into a hive of urban activity" and earned us the #3 spot on the New York Times list of '52 Places to Go in 2015.' The recent addition of so many unique and fashion-forward retail stores have made Philadelphia a shopper's paradise. Combine that with tax-free clothing and shoe purchases and it's easy to see why Condé Nast Traveler just ranked us #2 on their list of 'Best Shopping Cities in the World.' To begin planning your next meeting in Philadelphia, please contact: Conchevia T. Collins, CDMP, CHSP National Accounts Manager 215-636-4405

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