Posted on September 9, 2015
Visit Baltimore and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are participating in a special address and panel discussion, "The State of Black Tourism," hosted by the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners on Thursday, September 17, in Washington, D.C. This groundbreaking event coincides with the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake will be among those joining in the discussion facilitated by national BET broadcaster Ed Gordon. Other panelists include representatives from key national African American organizations, industry thought leaders and political figures such as Jessie Tyson, president of the National Black MBA Association Inc.; Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Solomon Herbert, publisher/editor-in-chief of Black Meetings and Tourism.
This is a unique opportunity to showcase Baltimore's diverse tourism assets and Visit Baltimore's strong and growing performance in the African American meetings market, including recent wins such as the National Urban League's 2016 meeting, the NAACP 2017 Annual Convention and the 2019 Imperial Council Session of the AEAONMS. According to an African-American Consumer 2014 Report by the Nielsen Company, African American travel and tourism is a $40 billion industry and the buying power of African Americans has a projected increase of $1.1 trillion by 2017.