The Black Travel Expo is about offering real-world experiences and business strategies to make your travel dreams a reality.
Black Travel Expo is filled with 4 days of networking opportunities within the travel industry.
Travel consumers and trade organizations come to the Expo to learn! They come for content, advice, and networking opportunities.
The panel discussions and break-out sessions are designed to provide travel tips, and advice you can use for your next travel adventure.
Edwards, long known as Kellee Set Go! is an travel and adventure expert who explores by land, air and sea. Edwards uses her experience as a licensed pilot, advanced open water scuba diver and intrepid explorer to see the world from different heights, literally. Being a pilot only ups the adventure quota, allowing Edwards to fly to the remote locations, landing without the benefit of a runway or air traffic tower. Her love of travel and outdoor adventure has propelled her to explore more than 50 countries. Her exploits include summiting Mt. Hood in Oregon, dog sledding in the remote wilderness of Alaska, trekking the active volcano Mt. Pacaya in Guatemala, piloting an aircraft in the temperamental Aleutian Chain, freediving with the Jeju Haenyeo, participating in Rambu Solo in Sulawesi, unearthing an artifact on an archaeological dig and exploring Mayan ruins in Central America. She even had a life-changing close call on a shipwreck dive in the Red Sea near Eilat, Israel.
In 2011, Evita Robinson created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. NOMADNESS was the first of its kind targeting black and brown millennials, in the newly coined 'black travel movement'. The group currently surpasses 25,000 international members, with over thirty regional Ambassadors. Evita’s accolades include National Geographic’s 21 Most Visionary Women Throughout Travel History, AFAR Travel Vanguard Award recipient, The Root 100, and being noted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018. Evita was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for their meeting of world's creative change makers. She now serves as a Contributing Editor of CondeNast Traveler Magazine, media personality, TED Resident, and consultant for Destination Marketing Organizations.
Stephanie M. Jones, Founder & CEO of the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance, Inc. (CHEA), is leading cultural heritage tourism thought leader introducing innovative and sustainable tourism initiatives designed to leverage cultural heritage tourism as an economic driver for fueling governments, destinations, and local tourism businesses. Jones is the founder of several game-changing ventures such as Culture onShore (www.cultureonshore.com), the world’s first global marketplace for cultural heritage tours + activities launching in 2021. She is also the founder of the National Blacks in Travel & Tourism Collaborative (www.blacksintourism.org), an initiative dedicated to ensuring full participation of Blacks in travel and tourism and helping to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry for all. She owns Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours, the premier tour operator for cultural heritage tours in South Florida. Jones serves on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Destinations International's Global Leadership and Governance and Nomination Committees, Northstar Travel Group Black Travel Advisory Board, Newsweek's Future of Travel Awards Advisory Panel, and the Future of Tourism Coalition Advisory Board.
Denella Ri’chard, Executive Producer and Host of the television broadcast “Traveling with Denella Ri’chard” airs on Sundays globally via the CJC Network and also on The CW South Florida (WSFL). Ri’chard is a world traveler, TV personality, former travel industry executive and entrepreneur. Her numerous industry awards and recognition include The Network Journal’s "25 Influential Women in Business" and Legacy Miami's "50 Most Powerful & Influential Business Leaders" of 2018. Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine honored her with the APEX Distinguished Service Award in 2019. Luxury Travel Advisor magazine named her as one of their “2019 Road Warriors” and Industry trendsetters. In addition to her many conference and headliner appearances, she was featured on the cover of Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine Spring 2020 edition.
With a multi-faceted career that has spanned nearly 30 years, Jay Cameron’s expertise as a world traveler, speaker, author, playwright, community leader, and philanthropist is unparalleled. Jay's ventures have been featured in media publications and news outlets worldwide. As a traveler, Jay's interest shifted to African diaspora travel after a life-changing trip to Ghana. His experience opened the door to more exploration on the continent of Africa. These adventures led him to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and a Serengeti safari in Tanzania. Jay has also traveled to Ethiopia, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Zanzibar, Togo, Benin, and Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. In April of 2021, Jay was granted dual citizenship in Sierra Leone by President Julius Maada Bio. As a result of Jay's experiences, the Maximum Impact Travel movement was launched with an emphasis on African diaspora travels around the globe. Jay desires to introduce as many people as possible to the inspiring cultures, powerful history, profound education, and wonderful people he encountered on his journeys.