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Links between Africa and the Middle East are being reinforced through the location of the 2018 Aviation Africa event, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars in Cairo, April 17-18.

Hosted by EgyptAir and under the auspices of the Minister of Civil Aviation, HE Sherif Fathy, the event includes a two-day top-level summit, an exhibition featuring 70 exhibitors, and a meet-the-buyer programme.

The conference programme is being driven by an advisory board made up of no fewer than 10 airline chief executives as well as representatives of key sectors such as MRO, cargo operations, airports, safety and business aviation.

"The value of the advisory board has been priceless," said Alan Peaford, MBE, who will be chairing the conference. "We are really getting into the nitty gritty of what is important for the airlines and the whole aviation industry and I think we will be going into some new areas of thinking. With involvement in the programme from organisations like AfRAA, IATA, ACI, and ICAO I am confident there will be a line-up of speakers and panellists that will be both impressive and drive the discussions forward."

Heading the agenda will be security. Minister Fathy backed the need to have the subject as a major theme. "Security – especially cyber security – is one of the biggest threats to aviation." he said.

Former EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering chairman Hisham Nasser, who is now recognised as a leading advisor on MRO will be one of the speakers addressing how the maintenance industry must change. "From physical security to the protection of paperwork and records, the industry needs to be focused." he said.

Speakers will be coming from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Chris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa will be leading airlines from the south of the continent. Speakers from the main associations, from the African Development Bank, major manufacturers and the innovators of the latest technology developments will also be addressing the conference.

The Summit will be looking into the region’s infrastructure to understand what is needed and how it can be funded; "Of course the old thorny issue of Open Skies will arise, but with several airline panels from legacy flag carriers to new LCCs, I don’t think there is consensus. We could really get to grips with why it is taking so long … and if it will ever happen," Peaford said.

Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace who are the main organiser of the event said the exhibition was already at 60% sold with nearly six months to go.

"With 10 airline CEOs as partners on the event, we have been promised great support from those companies to bring along key personnel. The exhibitors are excited and so are we. Having the backing of the Minister and the support of the whole EgyptAir group as our main sponsor has been fantastic. There are government to government invitations being sent out and I am convinced we will be seeing a great turnout."

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018. Further details on exhibition space, sponsorship and programme can be found at www.aviationafrica.aero




During the international year of tourism, The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and Africa Travel Association (ATA) are proud to present the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on August 28th-31st. In collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, CCA and ATA designed this conference to set the tone for how tourism can be utilized as an engine for economic growth and job creation through innovative business models, new technologies and strategic partnerships. The conference will also provide a platform to network and explore new tourism markets and products including the promotion and preservation of Africa’s rich cultural heritage and wildlife. 


                                                                        Africa Travel Association
                                                           A Division of Corporate Council on Africa
                                                 Annual World Tourism Conference – Kigali, Rwanda

                                                                            28-31 August 2017

                                                                                       (The agenda below is subject to change.)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration

8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Site Visits

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Professional Development & Capacity Building

2:00pm - 5:00 pm | Special Sessions for Tourism Boards & Authorities

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm | Council of Tourism Ministers (By Invitation Only)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Reception  

7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open   

9:00 am – 9:45 pm | Opening Ceremony  
Welcome Remarks

Keynote Address       
Plenary: 10:00 am -11:30 am | Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential    
What are the challenges and opportunities to unlocking the sector’s economic potential across different regions on the continent?  

11:30 am -11:45 am | Coffee Break          

Breakout: 11:45 am -1:00 pm | The Evolution of Online Travel               
In today’s globally digital world, how do companies and countries put themselves on the online map?
How is online booking changing tourism and trends in the region? How can companies adapt and
take advantage of the rise in online booking, mobile payments etc.?

Breakout: 11:45 am -1:00 pm | Financing Tourism Development
Countries such as Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco have experienced continued economic growth, creating demand from institutional investors as well as major tourism and hospitality brands that see expansion into the region as a source of future growth. This panel will examine how countries are positioning themselves to attract private sector investment in the tourism sector; what alternative sources of funding are available for private sector investors; and how companies and governments can harness funding for human resource development, transportation infrastructure, real estate development and more.  

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch
Plenary 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | On Location! Africa in the Movies        
Discussion with movie production professionals around selecting movie locations in Africa; experiences and challenges; what countries need to do to package/position themselves for location consideration.
Breakout: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | The Business of Conservation 
As demand for new and sustainable tourism investment continues to rise, there is also increasing awareness of the need to conserve the natural, social and cultural assets of destinations. A healthy environment upholds the competitive advantage of a destination. Panelists will examine opportunities in conservation investment and how principles of sustainable investment are being applied across capital markets. (Safaris, eco-tourism, biodiversity).

Breakout: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | Safety and Risk Management in Tourism                         
What are African governments’ approach to raising security measures to increase tourism? How do companies protect their guests and the industry from safety threats such as Ebola? How do they protect customers, staff, reputation and assets? How do companies manage this risk to their brand and reputation?

Private Roundtable: 3:20 pm – 4:35 pm | (Tourism Boards) 
Roundtable: 4:50 pm – 5:50 pm Spotlight on East Africa
7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Annual ATA Membership Meeting
Plenary: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Connecting the Continent: The Infrastructure of Tourism                 
What significant investments are being made in logistics, transportation and real estate? On the government side, what policies (open skies, visa) are being made to support private sector efforts and tourism infrastructure development?         
Special Presentation: 10:30 am - 10:40 am                
10:40 am – 11:00 am | Coffee Break  
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm  | The Business Traveler               
Business travel spending is expected to grow by 2.1% in 2016 to USD$12.6 billion, and rise by 3.6% to USD $18 billion in 2026. Business tourists are less cost-sensitive than leisure tourists, spending on average twice as much per day. Their purchase decisions are influenced primarily by their ability to use time efficiently within business travel schedules. How can destinations attract business travelers? What are the competitive trends and how can countries meet business travelers’ needs for both efficiency and relaxation?
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Bridging the Hospitality Skills Gap 
Tourism and hospitality education is key in fueling the growth of the Tourism sector in Africa. Currently, the sector faces a major skills gap in business management and operations and customer service. How are schools partnering with the private sector to ensure a well-trained hospitality workforce? How are some major players in the industry utilizing in-house training to bridge the gap? How can African governments create an enabling environment for strengthening the workforce in the tourism industry by setting high standards for the industry?

Special Presentation: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch
Breakout: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | Education: A Sizeable Market for Tourism
Educational tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of the travel and tourism and one that is too often overlooked by tourism professionals and marketers is “educational tourism.” Often educational tourism is called by other names, such as career enhancement, studying abroad, job development or self-actualization experiences. In India, education tourism accounts for 1/3 of its total revenue. How are African countries and universities positioning themselves to attract consumers in higher education?
Breakout: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | Lifestyle Tourism: Leveraging Africa’s Diversity 
Outside of traditional tour packages, what can countries offer to increase traffic? How can African destinations attract music festivals, culinary festivals, fashion events and Diaspora travel?     
Roundtable: 3:30pm – 4:45 pm Spotlight on Southern Africa

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Seated Dinner

7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration/Exhibit hall Open   
Plenary: 9:00 am – 10:30 am | Marketing Africa               
Panelists will share best practices on how to sell Africa to foreign markets. What are the mechanisms needed to increase tourism in various regions on the continent? How do you fund such efforts? Plenary will include new media voices including digital influencers.
10:30 am – 11:00 am | Coffee Break 
Breakout: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Business Models Transforming the Tourism Industry          
How are companies and entrepreneur’s new business models shaping the future of tourism on the continent and worldwide?  

Roundtable: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Spotlight on North Africa 
Closing Luncheon: 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Destination Rwanda
Facilitated by: Rwanda Development Board

For more information, visit http://conference.africatravelassociation.org



                                  Nomination Categories for 2016 ADWT-AWARDS             

                                               African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

                                                                     August 26-28, 2016

2016 Award Nominations are open for Leaders and Professionals who have made Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Black History and Cultural Heritage that has Positively Affected Tourism   

(Nominations are due by June 30, 2016. Email suggestions for awards to

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 Categories are as follows:

 The Top Awards of the Year are in Three Categories:

1) ADWT-Awards Tourism Leader of the Year

2) ADWT-Awards Site of the Year

3) ADWT-Awards Heritage Trail of the Year

4) ADWT-Awards Cultural Heritage Leader of the Year


Other Awards Categories Include:


Honorary African Diaspora World Tourism Awards

These ten awards are our top awards in honor of outstanding trailblazers who have helped to clear the path for black cultural heritage tourism development.

1) Outstanding Tour Operator Award: - This award is in honor of Freddy and Jake Henderson of the USA, the first black tour operators in the US to start taking groups to Africa. It goes to tour operators and travel agents who have worked hard taking travelers to Africa and places of the African Diaspora while educating them about black culture and heritage. 

2) Outstanding Scholar:  This award is in honor of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan, an Ethiopian, prominent Afro-centric scholars who devoted much of his life to highlighting the indigenous origins of African civilizations. The award goes to educators to bring awareness and knowledge about different aspects (some unknown) of black culture and heritage to students and the general public. 

3) Outstanding Researcher:  This award is named in honor of Cheikh Anta Diop, a noted Senegalese historian in the development of the 'Afro-centric' view and the theory that the ancient Egyptians were black Africans. This award is for scholars who have done extensive research in origins and theories related to black culture and heritage. 

4) Outstanding Professor/Lecturer: This award is in honor of Dr. John Henri Clark, an American scholar, educator and the founder and first president of the African Heritage Studies Association who obtained his doctorate degree at the age of 78. This award goes to professors and lecturers who have done superb jobs educating college students and the public about the rich heritage and culture of the people of African descent. 

5) Outstanding African Diaspora Heritage Trail:  This award is in honor of Dr. David Allen and Dr. Ewart Brown of Bermuda who put in place the African Diaspora Heritage Trails conference and reignited interest in preserving and visiting black cultural heritage sites. It goes to destinations that have done much work toward preserving, sustaining and enhancing their black heritage trails. 

6) Outstanding Museum or Cultural Center:  This award is in honor of the USA's iconic world sports hero Muhamed Ali and his wife Lonnie for his legacy, and for both of them working together to establish one of the foremost cultural heritage centers in the world. This award goes to cultural centers that have continuously enhanced their programs and worked toward bringing black heritage and culture to the forefront in their communities and beyond. Gombey Dancers of Bermuda

7) Outstanding Carnivals/ Festivals/Events:  This award is named in honor of Claudia Jones, London-based civil rights activist and founder of the Nottingham Carnival in the United Kingdom. The award goes to the best recently debuting festival and/or progressive festival that represents the richness and celebratory aspects of black culture and heritage while influencing tourism. 

8) Outstanding Travel Book: This award is in honor of Victor Hugo Green, an American postal worker and civic leader who, during the time of segregation, created the first travel guidebook for people of color in the United States that later became known as the Green Book. This award is for authors and editors of books on black travel, and culture and heritage tourism in the African Diaspora. 

9) Outstanding Leadership and Good Governance Award:  This award is in honor of Nigerian Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has contributed tirelessly to infrastructure to support tourism and tourism development. This award goes to civic, political and governmental officials who have done the same and also worked to pass laws and legislation in support of tourism initiatives that can lead to the acknowledgement and promotion of black cultural and heritage tourism. 

10) Outstanding Cultural Heritage Tourism Educator:  This award is in honor of Dr. Edward W. Robinson, Jr., an American attorney, historian, author and professor, who created the 'African Genesis Theory,' which serves to reunite African-Americans with their true ancestral beginnings and their accomplishments. His work spun many study groups to Africa. This award goes to leaders who have conducted educational and research tours in black culture and heritage for students and young people. 


African Diaspora World Tourism VIP Award

This awards category recognizes VIP Officials of distinction who have contributed to cultural heritage tourism development.

1) African Tourism Ministers of Distinction: This award goes to African ministers of tourism or tourism directors who have done much toward promoting their country on the world stage as well as their culture and heritage in such a way as to significantly influence tourism. 

2) Caribbean Tourism Ministers of DistinctionThis award goes to Caribbean minister of tourisms or tourism directors who have done much toward promoting their country on the world stage and also their culture and heritage. 

3) Tourism Executives of Distinction: - This award goes to tourism professionals who have made efforts and inroads in the tourism industry in such a way that has enhanced the development and promotion of black travel and black cultural heritage tourism. 

4) Cultural Heritage Preservationists of Distinction:  This award goes to persons who have taken it upon themselves to start initiatives, campaigns and/or fundraisers for historic sites in order to rebuild, enhance, preserve and protect a site that may otherwise have completely deteriorated or gone unrecognized. 

5) Cultural Heritage Tour Operator of Distinction:  This awards go to travel agents and tour operators who have excelled in promoting black cultural heritage tourism and tourism to Africa and its diaspora. 

6) Travel Association of Distinction: This award goes to an association or organization that has promoted black travel and cultural tourism, and has educated the public about of cultural tourism. 

7) Slavery Reconciliation and Healing Leader of Distinction: This awards goes to leaders who have worked hard to heal and commemorate the legacy of slavery in the United States.

8) Spiritual Traditions Preservationist of Distinction: This award goes to leaders who have helped to educate people about and keeping alive African spirituality and cultural traditons.

9) Carnival, Event or Festival of Distinction: This award goes to leaders who have presented unique festivals that have helped to promote tourism and bring people of the together for unity.

10) Museum or Cultural Center of Distinction: This award goes to a museum that has best showcased black life, heritage and history in a way that educates the public, and promotes and sustains African Diaspora cultural heritage.

African Diaspora World Tourism Flame Keepers Awards

These awards are for media, the culture arts, organizations and institutions.

Flame Keepers in Media

1) Tourism Radio and Broadcast Award: This award is for founders and hosts of radio and broadcast programs about black culture and heritage in Africa and the places of the African Diaspora, thereby promoting visitation and tourism. 

2) Print Publication: This award is for magazines and print publications that have done much toward promoting black travel, and black cultural and heritage tourism. 

3) Online Publication:- The award is for websites and online media that have done much toward promoting black travel, and black cultural and heritage tourism. 

4) Travel Social Media and Bloggers:  This award goes to travel-related social networks and blogs that have created unique platforms that have significantly generated interactions among travel enthusiasts and professionals that have also brought awareness to and influenced black culture and heritage tourism. 

5) Travel Writer/Photo-Journalist:  - This award goes to the writers and photo-journalists who have published extensively and have done much toward educating the public about black culture and heritage sites while also promoting tourism. 

6) Film or Documentary: This award goes to broadcasts or film about black culture and heritage that serves to stimulate tourism. 

7) Resource Guide: This award goes to online and print media sources that have served as guides with information in the fields of black heritage, culture and history which will assist in the promotion of African Diaspora Tourism.

Flame Keepers in Cultural Arts


8) Culture Exhibit: This award goes to cultural exhibits that explain, showcase and educate the public on ome important aspect of the African Diaspora cultural heritage and history. 

9) Cultural Performances:  This award goes to dance and musical performance groups who serve to educate the public about the richness and uniqueness of African cultural heritage while providing entertainment. 

10) Cultural Visual Artist: This award goes to artists including painters, sculptures and crafters whose work depict or represent some aspect of black culture and has sparked public interest enough to impact visitation numbers. 

11) Artistic Designers: - This goes to artists who have done great works of art in designing statues, busts, or symbolic structures depicting some aspect of black cultural heritage for historic sites in African Diaspora Tourism.

Flame Keepers - Organizations


12) Tourism Organization/Associations: This award goes to a tourism-related organiation that has contributed significantly to the enhancement, promotion or preservation of black cultural sites and the stimulation of travel.

13) Official Tourism Boards and Corporations: This award goes to the country's or city's official tourism boards that have done much toward enhancing and promoting black culture and heritage trails and sites in their destinations. 

14) Affiliate Organizations for Tourism: This award goes to non-tourism organizations that have significantly supported black culture and heritage tourism related initiatives, centers, campaigns and conferences.

Flame Keepers - Institutions

15) Art Gallery:  This award goes to art galleries that have exemplary paintings, sculptures and art displays depicting black culture, heritage and life styles that have generated traffic in their galleries and thereby contributing to tourism. 

16) Cultural Heritage Museum / Cultural Center: This award goes to museums that have shown creative, ingenuity and uniqueness in educating the public about black cultural heritage and inspiring visitation. 

17) African Diaspora Tourism Educational Institution: This award goes to colleges and institutions of higher learning that have contributed to black culture and heritage in such a way as to stimulate tourism including accomplishments such as the creation of tours, innovation cultural centers, study abroad programs and notable black studies departments.

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charlotteThis is a call for papers for the 40th National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference—“Forty Years of Black Studies in the Local, National and Global Spaces: Past Accomplishments and New Directions”—to take place on March 16-19, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The deadline for submission is November 16, 2015. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for providing this post.]

On the heels of the establishment of the first generation of Black Studies departments and programs across the United States, starting from 1968, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte hosted a conference of Black Studies scholars in March 1975 to create a national organization that would help guide the standardization of the curriculum, mission, and the accreditation of Black Studies academic units. It was from that meeting that the National Council for Black Studies was created in July 1975. Forty years later, the field of Black Studies has grown into a formidable discipline and field of study with more than 200 degree programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels in the United States alone. The 2016 conference of the National Council for Black Studies offers a critical juncture to reflect on the difficulties and accomplishments that have accompanied the institutionalization of Black Studies in the academy, as well as the new opportunities and emerging challenges that deserve the attention of scholars, activists, and policy makers regarding the condition of black people globally.

Participants are invited to present new theoretical and empirical studies as well as new models of practice and social activism on a wide range of topics that deal with the Black experience globally and across time. The NCBS therefore invites abstracts for individual papers, panels, posters, roundtable discussions, and workshops on various aspects of Black Studies that are informed by historical and social science analyses, arts and literary criticism, philosophical reflections, and spiritual interventions, among others, especially as these may relate to the issues of race, migration, citizenship, social justice, Pan-Africanism, environmental and social sustainability, globalization, diaspora formations, development and economic empowerment, moral economy, community formation, sexuality, and gender. We welcome you to submit abstracts that explore transnational, transcultural, transgendered approaches; studies that are place or region specific; as well those that explore the questions of modernity and the challenges of its “post” manifestations and reifications such as postcoloniality, postmodernity, and postraciality. You are encouraged to dig deep into the intellectual history of Africana Studies and use this background to formulate inter-generational and inter-geographic theories about the black experience. We are also looking for studies that amplify and challenge seemingly centered and settled perspectives in order to explore new directions in Black Studies. For example, what does it mean to be Africa-centered in the 21st century in the face of the new media, digital revolution, and hyper-globalization? What pedagogical tools make Black Studies necessary for developing a culture-conscious and history-literate global citizenry? What new insights do we offer for creating a just world? How do we develop frameworks of multi-tiered social responsibility at the individual, family, community, national, corporate, and multinational levels for sustainable and ethical solutions to the challenges of racism, mass incarceration, poverty, political apathy, and anti-black violence? We seek to develop a conference program that defines the global black presence in accordance with the original Pan-African vision of Black Studies. Hence, scholars working on the black experience in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia are invited to submit abstracts.

Interested participants, established and emerging scholars, students and social activists, should send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or individual paper and poster presentations. For roundtable discussions and workshop, please submit a 500-word abstract. All abstracts must be submitted online not later than November 16.

For more information, please contact the organizer, Clara Matonhodze, National Council for Black Studies at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the website at http://www.ncbsonline.org

Sources: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/64304 and http://www.ncbsonline.org/conference_call_for_papers

Rwanda welcomes you to the inaugural RWANDA INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR 2015 on 14 th -16th August 2015 in ( EXPO GROUNDS) Kigali, Rwanda.


Rwanda     The three-day event will showcase pavilions and exhibit booths of popular, new and emerging tourism destinations, attractions, travel-related products and services that would offer affordable airline tickets, tour packages and discounted hotel accommodations.

     With focus on promoting regional and international inbound and outbound tourism, is a must attend business event for the travelers, diaspora,frequent business travelers, corporate meeting and conference managers , holiday makers, travel agents and tour operators.

     By attending this expo they will promote their tourism and travel brand as well as opportunity to exchange new tourism and travel opportunities and views with each other.

Visitors are travelers,those seeking city breaks,wellness,cross corporate and government

 Great world Expositions PVT.  the organizers for hosted buyers from emerging markets in middle Europe, India Far East and Australasia, who will attend this event as well as buyers from traditional markets of US, West Europe and rest of the world

 •         Meet over 200 highly qualified  buyers from across the globe

•         Face-to-face meetings with key decision-makers

•         Targeted business matchmaking (online diary system)

•         Network with industry colleagues across multiple sectors

•         Launch new product and service offerings

•         Update the industry on your existing products

•         Participate in networking events and educationals

The buyers are in categories of VIP corporate hosted buyers ,local corporate hosted buyers and international hosted buyers

Exhibitors will also promote their highest quality products and services to visitors from the region and the rest of the world at the specially designed country pavilions.

It will be a great venue for networking with the world’s travel professionals to build your business as well as directly interact with general public to attract more tourists to your destinations. The features of the event include:

• Business appointment session and meeting

• International Tourism Forum

• Corporate booths that offer affordable and excellent tour packages

• Hotel suppliers and Travel related Products  forum and one-to-one  networking activities

With executives of hotel chain and key tourism players

• Corporate challenges, game shows & Raffle draws for visitors

• Cultural presentations

• Arts and craft demonstrations

• Ecotourism ,medical and education tourism showcase

• Golf and sports tourism



The event provides perfect opportunity for you to grow your tourism business and promote your brand




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tpoc-logo-wbMark your calendars to join the Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) on May 13th- 17th, 2015 for the 13th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel in East Point, Georgia. Located just minutes from Atlanta, East Point offers all the amenities of the bustling city and convenience of being minutes away from the airport, Georgia International Convention Center and Atlanta attractions. Enjoy exceptional accommodations, dining and shopping in East Point with easy access to Atlanta. The pre-conference heritage tour will be held on May 13th.

East Point will welcome more than 200 of the world's most influential tourism industry professionals for the 2015 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference.  High-profile bookings such as TPOC reflect East Point and Atlanta's reputation as a tourism industry leader.TPOC attendees will include top travel executives, travel agent owners, managers, sales staff, industry suppliers, hospitality professionals and students.  TPOC is dedicated to equipping African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American travel professionals with the tools they need to thrive in the industry through education and networking.

The conference will come to East Point on the heels of new attractions like the Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame, as well as a new streetcar linking the MLK Historic District to the downtown tourism hub of Centennial Olympic Park.  East Point's central location to this area and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it a smart and exciting location for this group.

A TPOC Conference is all you need to get your business off the ground or up and moving forward again!



  • Network with hundreds of Travel Professionals
  • Learn how to direct the Minority Travel $$ to the Minority Travel Agents
  • Learn how to market to all Minority communities including the African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American Travel Community
  • Learn how technology today affects the travel business
  • Meet and hear top Industry Speakers and Workshop Presenters
  • Meet industry vendors at the Trade Show
  • Enjoy exciting entertainment


For more information and to register, visit tpocassociation.com.


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15 January – 30 June 2015

Staying Power is an important exhibition featuring photographs, drawn from the V&A’s collection, which begin to document the experiences of Black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century.

Inspired by Peter Fyrer’s seminal text Staying Power, The History of Black People in Britain, this exhibition focuses on a period of time when photography served as an archival tool to capture historical moments. From documentary to portraiture to staged allegorical photographs, Staying Power documents experiences from post-World War II through to the 1990s, covering topics from mass migration to hip hop fashions of south London.

We invite you to contemplate the narratives behind the iconic work of Dennis MorrisCharlie Philips’ visual record of city life and local heroes, and Neil Kenlock’sphotographic journalism. Discover the work of acclaimed photographer James Barnor who captured many greats during the ‘swinging sixties’, self-taught Colin Jonesand his infamous images of youth alienation, the powerful images of uprisings and protest captured by Pogus Caesar, and allegorical portraits by Ingrid Pollard. Through the lens of the photographers celebrate the moment of The Specials Fans by Syd Shelton and Gavin Watson’s insight into the ska youth sub-culture. Explore representations of beauty and aesthetics through the work of Armet FrancisJennie Baptiste, Al Vandenberg and Raphael Albert.

This exhibition asks questions about this rapidly changing cultural landscape, where identity and representation collides with music, politics, and fashion. The selected photographs are complimented by previously unheard oral history testimonies from the photographers and contributors.

Free admission

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The Staying Power project

This new exhibition is the culmination of a seven-year collaborative project Staying Power between Black Cultural Archives and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Staying Power project aimed to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain in the V&A’s National Collection on the Art of Photography. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of Black people to British culture and society, as well as the art of photography.

Read more about the Staying Power project.

A concurrent Staying Power display will be on show at the V&A, from 16 February – 24 May 2015

Image photograph by Scarlett Crawford and Jemella Binns. Photograph detail included by: James Barnor, ‘Mike Eghan, Piccadilly Circus’, 1967. © James Barnor/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Neil Kenlock, ‘Untitled [Young lady points to ‘Keep Britain White’ graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]’, 1974. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Normski, ‘Cynthia M Prescod (Mum) at Home in Primrose Hill, London, 1986’. © Normski/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Charlie Phillips, ‘Vin in Chair’, 2002. © Charlie Phillips/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. All photographs are supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

black woman britBlack Cultural Archives in London recently kicked off its autumn programme with Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain exhibiting until 30 November. This intimate exhibition takes you on journey and unlocks the archive vaults to reveal the rich and diverse contributions of remarkable Black women. The historical and often personal accounts are brought together for the first time in this collection of photographs, portraits and oral history testomonies. Admission is free.  

Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain

Long before the Empire Windrush arrived on British shores in 1948 there were women of African descent in Britain. Black women were here to witness the construction of Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain and everyday life over the centuries, in the markets and music halls, homes and factories.

Re-imagine gives us a glimpse of some of these women, the traces of their lives lying in vaults of archives, libraries and museums across the United Kingdom and brought together for the first time.

Side by side. Face to face. Courageous women who, throughout generations have been brave. We invite you to ‘re-imagine’ their lives, to create a tapestry of stories that paint a picture of the many and eclectic roles of Black women over time.

Explore the vivid life stories of some of these women in our in-depth lunch talks with academics and leading women in their field, delve into the collection with Treasures of the Archives and World Audio-Visual Heritage Community Day. Also, don't miss our special events marking 35th Anniversary of OWAAD and the first annual Len Garrison Memorial Lecture.

Source: Black Cultural Archives


Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc. (DRS), creator of the XODUS 2019 Homecoming Experience Projects (Underground Railroad Experience Tour and XODUS Homecoming Tour), is organizing our first annual Underground Railroad (UGRR) Homecoming Day on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Great Dismal Swamp in South Mills, North Carolina and ChesapeakeVirginia. It is time to honor our UGRR history and reconnect with families and communities near the U.S. National Park Services' designated UGRR site at The Great Dismal Swamp. The Dismal Swamp is the only UGRR site located in two states.

We are launching our Underground Railroad and XODUS Homecoming Remittance Fund Process to generate financial support to organize and facilitate the event. We are contacting people and organizations with ancestry and ties to North Carolina andVirginia residing anywhere globally for their support and participation. We hope to see you at the UGRR Homecoming Day and welcome you back home to learn about the history and courage of African Americans that were enslaved and worked at the Dismal Swamp and Canal.


This Xodus Homecoming Nerwork is a global initiative concept, spearheaded by Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc., (DRS) to organize the prophetic gathering and structure of the transatlantic slave trade descendants and supporters, while restoring economic relationships with Africa and fulfilling the promised destiny.


In the year 2019, the African diaspora in the United States arrives at a major milestone in our 400-year journey outside of Africa.  The significance of this historical era affects the cultural, spiritual and social lives of millions of people around the world.  There is also the global economic impact of this prophetic restoration that has the potential of generating billions of dollars in a new industry that fosters new business opportunities and creates thousands of jobs globally. 
 For more information, visit http://www.xodus2019.com 


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2014 Roots Festival in The Gambia

(Stop-Over in Dakar, Senegal)

May 7-17, 2014, $2,575.00

   Travel arrangements by Henderson Travel Service



This 10 day package includes round trip air via South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD), Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy in Dakar and Banjul, transfers, All official Festival activities, tours as noted, breakfast daily, all taxes, air conditioned motor coaches, all admissions, and English speaking guides.


Per Person Based on Double Occupancy



 5/07 Depart Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) for Dakar,  Senegal on South African Airways 208 at 5:40 pm

5/08  Arrive Dakar at 5:30 am; clear customs; check into Novotel Hotel; enjoy lunch on your own before departing for afternoon city sightseeing tour and tour of Goree Island. Overnight at Novotel Hotel.

5/09  After breakfast, depart for overland, scenic drive to The Gambia; evening Festival registration and Welcome Reception—Night of the Griots. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/10  After breakfast, attend Official Opening of the Roots Festival; after dinner, participate in the optional Cultural Master Workshop. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/11  After breakfast, participate in the Roots Pilgrimage. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/12  After breakfast, enjoy shopping and site visits; depart for Kanilai for Futampaf Rites of Passage Program or participate in Optional Cultural Master Workshop. Overnight in Kanilai.

5/13  After breakfast, continue with Futampaf program or Optional Cultural Fitness/African Dance & Drumming on the Beach. Overnight in Kanilai

5/14  After breakfast, return to Banjul and attend the official Festival Symposium; and attend the African Gala Dinner in the evening. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel. (B/L)

5/15  After breakfast, depart for Makasutu Cultural Festival and participate in an optional Cultural Master Workshop in the Arts. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel

5/16  Enjoy breakfast before departing for your drive back to Dakar for SAA #207, departing at 1:25 a.m. (May 17th).

5/17  Arrive Dulles International Airport at 6:25am

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Note: Cultural workshops listed are included with this package!

Travel arrangements by Henderson Travel Service, 7961 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Contact Ana Lopes on 301-650-5700 x 506. Major credit cards are accepted. Single supplement is an additional $350.00. Final payment is due March 21, 2014. Make all payments to Henderson Travel Service and ReferenceT-1367. Late fee of $75.00after Feb. 6. Additional Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.msyinternational.com



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arubOne of the biggest cultural events in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba takes on a golden touch in 2014 when its carnival extravaganza celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Aruba's carnival—or carnaval as it is known locally—is a months-long period of frenetic celebration including queen elections, road marches, tumba (a local music style with its origins in Africa but in its modern-day form influenced by meringue and Latin jazz) and calypso contests, parties and jump-ups, all leading to a dazzling Lighting Parade and Grand Parades in capital Oranjestad and the island's second city of San Nicolas. Official carnaval season starts on November 11 at 11.11 am, running through to just before Lent but is at its height between January and March.

Enjoyed by young and old, with locals delighting in visitors also enjoying the free shows, carnaval is a mesmerising display of colour, creativity and local culture. 'Carnaval' is derived from the Latin carne vale, meaning farewell to flesh and referring to Lent. Its beginnings can be traced back to ancient feasts held to honour such gods as Bacchus and Saturn. Colonisation introduced the phenomenon to the New World and the French brought it to the Caribbean. In Aruba, parades consist of 15 to 20 carnaval groups, each with its own theme reflected by their floats and extravagant costumes. Participants spend months on creating their glittery - and, often barely-there - costumes, some of which are so immense that their trails are put on wheels. Each group shimmies to the beat of its own band playing on a lorry moving with them and infusing the thousands of spectators along the route with their energy.

All 10th anniversaries of carnaval are extra spectacular and the 60th is expected to be particularly special. Locals save for months to create their costumes, often beginning after the end of the previous year's event and sometime foregoing their holiday to finance their costumes.

Next year the big finale parades in Oranjestad and San Nicolas are scheduled for March 1 and 2, so book your place now!

While carnaval is a highlight of the Aruban calendar, it's one of a number of local events reflecting the island's heritage and multi-cultural background. Even Christmas and New Year are infused with a special flavour. Aruba is, for example, the only island that has the dande, a tradition dating back to the 16th Century and influenced by the slaves in neighbouring islands. Groups of singers go from house to house, singing personalised songs of blessings for the New Year for each family, with words and rhythms passed down through the generations. The dera gai (burial of the rooster) celebration takes place on June 24, the birthday of St John the Baptist, and marked with bonfires reminiscent of ancient pagan harvest celebrations. [. . .]

Arubans are great believers in natural medicine, with plants and herbs growing wild considered remedies for everything from baldness to diabetes, indigestion and impotence. Throughout the island, small shops known as botanicas stock herbs and scents that bring luck, success, love and good health. The end of the year is seen as a time for cleansing and renewal and as Christmas approaches, houses are painted, cleaned and purified with incense and selected scents.

Another big date is January 25 when a national holiday commemorates the birth of the 'Liberator of Aruba', G. F. (Betico) Croes. This late political leader was the driving force behind Aruba's desire to separate from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and become an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands. On this day Arubans gather—welcoming visitors to join—in Oranjestad's Plaza Betico Croes with a day-long programme, including a culinary festival, bazaar of local goods, a cultural show of Aruban folk dances, as well as carnaval music and dance.

Source: Repeating Islands

For full article, see http://news.caribseek.com/index.php/caribbean-islands-news/aruba-news/item/60325-aruba-carnival-gets-a-golden-touch-in-2014

The Bahamas' 40th Independence anniversary celebrations will open next month with the rededication of the Paradise Island Bridge in honour of Sir Sidney Poitier. During a press conference at the Churchill building, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced, in a joint venture with Atlantis, that the 40th anniversary celebrations will open on November 2 through 3 with a bridge renaming ceremony connection, concert and fireworks show.poiter_bridge

Mr Christie said Sir Sidney has not only an inspirational life story, but has also made “significant contributions” through diplomacy representing the Bahamas, firstly at UNESCO and later as Ambassador to Japan. “Hopefully,” he said this (the celebrations) will symbolise to the Bahamas that “we are beginning a process that is intended to unite us and bring focus to what really keeps us together and minimises what divides us – that is the intent, to deepen and further the advance of our civilisation that is the Bahamas.”

Additionally, the Government has also committed to building a new Centre for the Performing Arts that will also be named in Sir Sidney’s honour.“It is time for us now to give also to those who are artists, actors and actresses, producers and directors, to release them and give their talent the best possible opportunity to be developed in the best possible facility – we are going to use the 40th anniversary as a catalyst,” said Mr Christie. Mr Christie said the Bahamas’ 40th Independence celebration is also an opportunity to ensure that the history of the Bahamas and the works and lives of influential Bahamians are recorded and preserved. He added that it also will be marketed so that not only the Bahamas but the world can enjoy this celebration of heritage and culture.

“I want to invite all Bahamians to see this as an extraordinary beginning to the committee’s work and know that we will bring tremendous focus to all that is right about the Bahamas and we hope in the process to receive the intention of the world and already major efforts are being made to make this an event weekend that the world will take note of,” he said. Co-chairs of the Bahamas’ 40th Independence Anniversary Steering Committee, Dr Nicollette Bethel and Charles Carter said the 40th anniversary is about building up a national identity and reclaiming Bahamian heritage and culture. Mr Carter said the celebrations are intended to bridge the gap between generations of Bahamians.“It will be a joining of generations, and I sincerely mean that, from the generation that brought you Independence,” said Mr Carter.

When asked how much the government intends to spend on the anniversary, Mr Carter said celebrating what it is to be Bahamian is “priceless”. “It is priceless, how much do you spend to be you – we don’t want to make money the focus of this because what we are trying to do is reclaim our heritage and that is priceless,” he said. “We look at ourselves as being priceless, that is the beauty of this, it is the greatest process that any person can be involved in, the rediscovery of who you are.” Mr Carter said Singer Jennifer Hudson will be performing at the concert next month and further announcements regarding ticket information will be announced shortly.

 Bahamas' 40th Independence anniversary celebrations will open next month with the rededication of the Paradise Island Bridge in honour of Sir Sidney Poitier.

Original article: www.bahamaslocal.com/newsitem/57531/PI_Bridge_To_Be_Named_After_Sir_Sidney_Poitier.html