|June 6, 2005 - The 9th Annual International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel
Ownership Summit & Trade Show on July 20-23, 2005 will be held at the
Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort on South Beach, Florida. The 422 room, 80
million dollar hotel's construction was pivotal in a 20-point plan, drafted
and agreed upon by activists, city officials and lodging executives that
ended the Black tourism boycott of Miami in 1993. It represents a new era
in the $545 billion U.S. travel industry and direction of the National
Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)
whose mission is to increase the number of African American owned hotels,
breaking the glass ceiling in the executive suite and increasing minority
suppliers to the industry.
The theme this year is “Working Together, Changing The Industry”.
The Summit is designed to educate attendees on how to market to minorities;
develop hotel partnerships; explore ownership & franchise opportunities;
share minority travel trends and look at diversity issues affecting the
General Sessions, workshops and seminars will spark discussion on multicultural
tourism, employment, marketing, supplier opportunities, financing and African
American hotel development & ownership.
The summit opens with a Golf Tournament on Wednesday morning, followed
by our new Minority Hotel Owners Training Program, committee meetings and
Opening Tropical Reception in the evening. General Sessions &
workshops will be held Thursday through Saturday, the Trade Show on Thursday,
Nabhood Corporate Suite appointments on Friday and a College & Career
Fair with our Youth Program will take place on Saturday.
The summit continues to attract national leaders and top level hospitality
industry representatives including
Many of these professionals will lead a number of workshops and seminars
including “ABC’s of Hotel Development & Ownership” and “Where To Find
Money To Build A Hotel”. You can use the Nabhood Corporate Suite
for your one on one appointment or to make a deal. Last year, three
deals were done.
Fred Kleisner, Chairman, Wyndham Intl.;
Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie;
Minister of Tourism of The Bahamas Obie Wilchombe;
Reverend Al Sharpton;
Chief Minister of Turks & Caicos Michael Misick;
Deputy Chief Minister of Finance of Turks & Caicos Floyd Hall;
Director of Tourism of Turks & Caicos Lindsey Musgrove;
Floyd Pitts, Senior Director of Diversity Programs, Hilton Hotels
Corp. and NABHOOD Corporate Sponsor;
Nash Patel, Chairman, Asian American Hotel Owners Assoc. (AAHOA);
Brown Kessler, VP Franchise Sales & Development, InterContinental
Solomon Herbert, Publisher of Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine;
Peggy Riley, Director Multicultural Affairs of Louisville CVB;
Nicole Johnson-Reese, V.P. Diversity & Community Involvement
of Cendant Corporation;
Norman Jenkins, Sr. V.P. North American Lodging Development of Marriott
Chase Burritt, Director, E&Y Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group.
Invited guests include
The summit will be attended by many African American entrepreneurs, professional
athletes, sports agents, hotel executives, public/private representatives
and financial experts. You will hear from
Lt. Governor of Maryland Michael S. Steele;
Don Barden, African American Casino Owner;
Ernest Wooden Jr., Sr. V. P. of Hilton Hotels Corp;
Michael Roberts, owner of Roberts Wyndham Mayfair in St. Louis &
Jay Patel, franchise expert & NABHOOD Board Member;
Richard Lee Snow, Exec. Dir. of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity &
Chairman of NCBMP;
Lawrence Dupree, Chairman of CL Financial & Developer of W Hotel
Residence on Fort Lauderdale Beach;
Leslie Doggett, President/CEO of Baltimore CVB;
George Grace, Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity;
Julian Bond, Chairman of NAACP and others.
Learn how you can get the money for your first hotel.
Kirk Sykes who developed a 175-room Hampton Inn & Suites, 650-car
garage & retail space in Boston and
Tom Baltimore, President of RLJ Development, partnering with William
Fuller, former New York Giants football player turned hotel developer,
on a Norfolk hotel project.
You will meet James Guillory who just built his first 64 room Hampton
Bruce Watts, Sr. Business Development Manager of Norfolk, VA on
how cities are playing a role in making it possible for African Americans
to become hotel developers through public/private partnerships.
Past and present sponsors include Greater Miami CVB, Hilton Hotels,
Wyndham Int’l., Peebles Atlantic Development, Southwest Airlines, Choice
Hotels Int’l., Starwood Hotels & Resorts, HBO, Anheuser-Busch, InterContinental
Hotels Group, Marriott Int’l., American Airlines, RLJ Development, AAHOA,
Cendant Corp., Norfolk CVB, State of Maryland, Alken Tours, The Bahamas
Hotel Corp., Turks & Caicos Islands, Remy Martin, Upscale Magazine
and Black Enterprise Magazine.
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