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Judge Orders Black Yacht Week Founder To Pay $1.7 Million
The owner of the Black Travel Movement has been ordered by a federal judge to pay nearly $1.7 million to a Maryland-based yacht charter.
The Black Travel Movement (BTM) is a community of Black travelers who share experiences and travel tips through various mediums, including social media. BTM also plans trips and excursions through its platform.
Dream Yacht Charter says it was never paid a more than $500,000 balance before BTM creator Reggie Cummings embarked on a luxury sailing vacation dubbed as “Black Yacht Week” in the British Virgin Islands in 2018.
Court documents revealed that Cummings paid a $60,000.00 deposit to Dream Yacht Charter, who supplied boats, staff, alcohol, and more. Dream Yacht Charter said they never received the remainder of the balance, which prompted them to file a lawsuit.
Dream Yacht Charter sued Black Travel Movement for unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and fraud.
In a phone interview with Travel Noire, Cummings said, “I have every intention on appealing and fighting this to the end.”
Cummings didn’t give any additional comment on how he plans to fight the judgment against BTM but confirmed with Travel Noire that he is working to get his side of the story out to the public.
“I am writing an article myself on this situation, so I don’t want to share too much,” he said. “It’s going to be a ‘no holds barred interview.’ The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth will come out.”
United States District Judge Terrence Boyle’s judgment noted a series of missed deadlines contributed to the default judgment, as reported in WUSA 9.