Black entrepreneurs and consumers with a common love for travel will have the chance to come together at a unique event: The first ever Black Travel Expo.
“The Black Travel Expo allows Black travelers to discover how travel started for people of color,” stated Maurice Foley. It is a place to hear incredible travel stories, get great advice, and learn how to travel with different budgets. It is also a platform to support black entrepreneurs, products and services, all under one roof. “
Taking place this year from Oct. 14-17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, the inaugural event aims to “connect travel enthusiasts with top travel providers from around the U.S.”
It is the only Black-owned trade and consumer expo in North America.
” The Black Travel Expo is a vital platform for Blacks in the industry, who rely upon our insights and leadership in making travel choices. It also provides an opportunity for industry allies and partners to continue to support diversity and inclusion of Blacks in tourism and travel.” Stephanie M. Jones, founder and keynote speaker of the National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative, said that the Black Travel Expo was a crucial platform. The Black Travel Expo provides a platform for Blacks working in the industry. It is for those who rely upon our leadership and insights to make travel decisions. Industry allies can also continue to support equality, diversity, and inclusion for Blacks in tourism and travel.
Black leisure travelers spent $109.4 billion in 2019, according to a November 2020 report from the Black Travel Alliance and MMGY Global. Foley stated that research revealed a need to create an event for people of color.
During the event, up to 65 travel exhibitors can showcase their products and companies on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16. Registration is now open and begins at $99. Sponsorship opportunities may also be available.
Additionally, presenters will share travel news, trends and inspiration for future travel. Kellee Edwards is an adventurer and Travel Channel host. Evita Robinson, founder and host of Nomadness Travel Tribe, Jones of the National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative, Denella Richard, travel executive producer and TV host of “Traveling With Denella Richard” and Jay Cameron, CEO and founder of Maximum Impact.
“Founder Maurice Foley had a vision to make it easy for Black travelers to discover new places in the U.S., and around the world. Ri’chard stated. “I am thrilled to be chosen as the keynote speaker. I will give voice and inspiration for the future of Black travel. The time is right for Black leisure travel!”
Black Travel Expo
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!