Nationwide — The annual Black Travel Summit is a conference, exhibition, awards gala, and global network for industry professionals and enthusiasts to exchange and generate ideas about collaborating with and expanding the ‘Black’ travel industry. Taking place virtually and in-person across several Hyatt properties in Miami Beach from January 13-16, 2022, the hybrid event will feature speaker sessions, workshops, tours, an awards gala, and an expo in the form of a grand bazaar.
Trailblazers such as Erick Cedeno (founder of The Bicycle Nomad), Jeff Jenkins (founder of Chubby Diaries), Isis Breanna (the #1 Digital Marketing Strategist), and Travis Levius (Travel Journalist and content creator), are just some of those invited.
In addition to the grand summit, there will be several mini-summits held online that will showcase some of the top Black taste-makers, influencers, hospitality industry leaders, and travel lovers. These virtual events will take place throughout this year on June 5th, August 28th, and November 13th.
This year’s partners and sponsors include Hyatt Hotels, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Seychelles Tourism Board, and others.
To learn more and/or to pre-register, visit BlackTravelSummit.com
Interesting facts about Black travel:
According to MMGY Global’s 2020 The Black Traveler: Insights, Opportunities and Priorities Report, the economic value of Black travelers in 2019 grew to $129.6 billion from U.S. travelers alone (up 51% from 2018) and $29.9 billion from travelers in the UK/Ireland, Germany, Canada, and France. This not only makes the Black spending power & representational tourism marketing critical to the industry but investing in & facilitating growth in these sectors of the utmost importance.
According to the United States Travel Association (USTA), Black Americans are the number one fastest-growing segment in the travel industry. In addition, Black Americans represent the largest minority group in the United States comprising 14% or 42 million of the total USA population.
An increase in income and education, the rise of social media, and a generation of tech-savvy Millennials are all coming together to create what’s being called the Black Travel Movement. With the increased popularity of Black travel clubs and networks, Black Gen X and Baby Boomers, with more time and money, are exploring the world in a way they were never able to before, while for the Millennials and Gen Z, travel is being considered somewhat of a rite of passage.
About the Event
The Black Travel Summit is a premier event highlighting and recognizing Black travel industry professionals and travelers, providing a platform to discuss our experiences while traveling, our future in travel, and collaborations with entities within and outside of the travel industry, with a focus on elevating Black-owned businesses. Held in the heart of Miami, FL, the ‘BTS’ experience is packed with performances, seminars, workshops, pop-up shops, and giveaways.
The Black Travel Summit’s mission is to support, expand and enhance the voice of Black travel industry professionals, travelers and influencers. It pursues this undertaking by creating live and virtual events, thereby fostering opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the Black travel community. The Black Travel Summit is passionate about disseminating knowledge on destinations, cultures, trends, and travel products that are inclusive of people of color.