Black Travel Summit Unveils Second Annual Edition in Miami

Black Travel Summit has announced its second annual gathering of the Black travel community, set to take place October 20–22, 2023, at Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami. This three-day celebration will feature a lineup of speakers, a partnership with the Black Travel Alliance (BTA), and headlining support from Hyatt.

As the global Black travel movement continues to gain momentum, the summit aims to uplift this thriving $160 billion market. Industry professionals and enthusiasts alike are invited to participate in a weekend filled with professional development and bond-building activities in Miami. The summit’s itinerary includes a compelling speaker series, workshops, give-back sessions, and add-on experiences, including a yacht brunch.

Preceding the summit, on October 19 brands and creators will receive access to Wavelength Hybrid presented by the BTA, an in-person and virtual networking event connecting brands with Black creators to create engaging campaigns that reach the Black traveler. Brands can register to attend Wavelength through September 20.

On October 20, the summit kicks off with a BlackAF (and Flossy) tour, guiding attendees through the Black food, history and heritage of Miami. The day concludes with a media launch and welcome reception with snacks and cocktails.

The main event at Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami on October 21 will include a keynote address from BTA President Martinique Lewis and panels with speakers such as travel photographer and creator Karl Shakur; Approved Jets co-founder Aaron Wilson; and Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance founder Stephanie Jones. The evening will also showcase the Black Travel Awards Gala, where attendees will witness the presentation of the VICtor Awards and BTA’s Distinct 20 Awards.

The VICtor Awards acknowledge Black innovators in travel across six categories, including brands, journalists, creators and, now, travel filmmakers with the Best Travel Short award. Submissions for the VICtor Awards are open until August 25, with nominees to be announced on September 8. Additionally, during the Black Travel Awards Gala, the Alliance will announce BTA Distinct 20, recognizing 20 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Black travel space. Awardees will receive lifetime membership to the BTA in acknowledgment of their lasting impact on the community.

The Black Travel Summit will conclude on October 22, with an expo and pop-up shop, showcasing Black-owned travel businesses and businesses catering to travelers. The day will also include a series of nine workshops, covering topics such as becoming a travel influencer and diverse marketing strategies to engage Black travelers. The afternoon will close the summit with an industry meet-and-greet, a pool party, and a yacht brunch.

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