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A New Series Is Highlighting NYC's Black Borough Culture
There’s a new webinar series on the scene that will highlight the Black culture in New York City thanks to NYC & Company–the official visitor’s bureau for the five boroughs.
“All In NYC: Embracing Diversity” is a webinar series exploring NYC’s rich cultural stories. The new series will begin with six Black travel webinars, followed by others focusing on different communities across the city.
“Black culture is an integral part of the identity of NYC, the city with the largest Black population in the U.S.,” a statement from NYC & Company reads. “Its influence can be felt across the five boroughs in many forms: world-renowned music, a celebrated food scene, the visual and performing arts, business owners and all who lead the charge in keeping the City progressive, resilient and safe.”
NYC & Company said the travel webinars would create space for an honest conversation that uplifts Black voices, shares the lived experience of Black New Yorkers, and promotes allyship and accountability within the company and its membership.
“New York City’s rich diversity, infinite experiences, and the immutable spirit of its people make this destination unlike any other,” Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s CEO, told Travel Pulse. “Ensuring that tourism’s recovery and its future is inclusive is a top priority, and this important series will give travel professionals insight and information needed to promote and speak to NYC in ways that are equitable, inclusive and authentic.”
The series’ initial webinar focused on MMGY Travel’s Black Traveler: Insights, Opportunities & Priorities report, which found Black U.S. leisure travelers spent $109.4 billion on travel in 2019.
Black travelers generated 458.2 million stays last year, representing more than 13 percent of the U.S. leisure travel market.
The next webinar series will be held on Jan. 7 and is titled “Black in the Tourism Industry.” The webinar will discover the experiences of four Black tourism executives and must-know info about Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
After that, “Rich Cultural Heritage” will be air on Feb. 4, where people will learn about the variety of Black cultural experiences in NYC, explore the history of Seneca Village and meet the Caribbean community of Flatbush, Brooklyn.