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The 9th Annual International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit & Trade Show Set for
July 20-23, 2005 in Miami Beach


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 industry. 

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 

  • 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 Hotels Group; 
  • 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 Int’l. and 
  • Chase Burritt, Director, E&Y Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group. 
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.

Invited guests include 

  • 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 & NABHOOD Chairman; 
  • 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.
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 
  • 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 Inn and 
  • 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. 
Learn how you can get the money for your first hotel. 

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. 

Registration and 
Exhibit Information at:


Horizons Marketing Group Intl.
(954) 792-2579

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