Black Meetings and Tourism

March/April 2012

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CONTENTS COVER STORY 40 Incentives & Traveling in the West is a short primer on what planners and their members, as well as travel agents and their clients, can expect to find when they venture into this diverse region for their meetings and leisure travel. The African-American Guide to Meetings, DEPARTMENTS By Michael Bennett 4 Publisher's Message 5 Calendar of Events 6 Newsmakers 8 In The News FEATURES 30 Benchmark Hospitality International's 2012 Top 10 Meeting Trends offers some insight into how the meetings industry will adapt and adjust to the changing economic climate as the recession slowly subsides. 32 Wonderful Winter Getaways offers a half dozen winter getaway possibilities, three for folks looking for fun in the sun, and three for travelers yearning for that perfect cold weather retreat. By Solomon J. Herbert 10 Museum Notes 12 Speaking of People 14 Cruise News 15 Letters to Editor 16 Hotel Happenings 18 Meeting The Needs Of Your Meeting 21 Fam Report #1 – Kalahari 22 NABHOOD News 24 Caribbean Corner 26 Association News 27 TPOC News Briefs 28 Fam Report #2 – Richmond, BC 36 Pacesetters – Dittie Guise 38 Site Review – Hyatt Regency Pier 66 63 Sports Tourism 64 From the Motherland BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM VOLUME 19, ISSUE 3, MARCH/APRIL 2012 FLORIDA SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 52 Location is one of the biggest factors in selecting a meeting destination; choosing the right destination is as important as the meeting itself. As a state that boasts beautiful beaches, world-famous attractions, warm weather and easy air accessibility, Florida is no stranger to hosting large groups. Easy Access, World Class Facilities and Diverse Options Make Florida a Popular Destination For Business and Pleasure tells the whole story. By Solomon J. Herbert Phoenix's McDowell Mountain Regional Park Photo Credit: Phoenix CVB Black Meetings & Tourism March/April 2012: 3 AREA GUIDES 65 Washington, DC 66 Mississippi 68 Georgia 73 St. Lucia

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