Posted on April 6, 2017
Bon Whiting, vice president of membership for Visit Baltimore, was honored as a Charm City Tourism Award Honoree and recognized at this year's Charm City Cultural Heritage Tourism Symposium on March 29.
The symposium, organized by Lou Fields of Baltimore Black Heritage Tours and the Baltimore African American Tourism Council, focused on the continued development and growth of African American Tourism in Baltimore with the theme, "The Tourists are Coming – Let's Get Bmore Ready!" The event was held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture and other selected venues throughout Baltimore.
Recipients are selected for their efforts in promoting Baltimore as a premier African American tourism destination, and by engaging local businesses in the opportunities afforded by a thriving tourism industry.
In leading Visit Baltimore's membership department, Bon has made it his mission to ensure our membership network represents the diversity of Baltimore. That includes developing programs to make membership with Visit Baltimore a more economically viable option for small and minority-owned businesses, including businesses in our emerging tourism corridors. These programs include our strategic retail and neighborhood initiative and our diversity membership initiative, with the latter attracting 34 new Baltimore city business members by offering a two-year package of free and/or significantly reduced membership.
Please join us in congratulating Bon on this well-deserved honor, as well as recognizing several of our members/partners/friends joining Bon in receiving this unique recognition, including:
• Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the MD Office of Tourism Development
• Tessa Hill-Aston, President of Baltimore City's NAACP branch
• Dr. Elaine Simon, President of the Baltimore Caribbean Association
• Dr. Joanne Martin, Co-Founder of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
• Two of our own Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board members: Jim Britton, CEO of Class Act Catering, and Shelonda Stokes, CEO of Greibo Media