Articles tagged “civil rights”

Smithsonian Explores History of Black Leisure Travel With New Documentary

Smithsonian Explores History of Black Leisure Travel With New Documentary

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The Green Book helped black Americans move about safely during segregation, but it also sparked the growth of black leisure travel and fueled entrepreneurship in the community for years to come.

4 months ago

Civil Rights Park Sites Get Funding Boost for Milestone Year

Civil Rights Park Sites Get Funding Boost for Milestone Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

It seems like the Trump administration is trying to support civil rights sites during a very important milestone year. But the funding for the site grants comes from controversial oil drilling revenues the administration is seeking to grow, and possibly expand to other national park sites.

1 year ago

First U.S. National Civil Rights Trail Seeks International Tourism Appeal

First U.S. National Civil Rights Trail Seeks International Tourism Appeal

Sarah Enelow, Skift

America's first national civil rights trail has broad appeal. More international visitors are planning trips around these black history museums and landmarks, many new and revamped, and this trail could lengthen and multiply those trips.

1 year ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

With national monument status, the Medgar Evers home could enjoy higher visitation and enrich Visit Mississippi's tourism assets, along with the forthcoming civil rights museum.

2 years ago

Black Travel Movement Gets Even More Relevant

Black Travel Movement Gets Even More Relevant

Sarah Enelow, Skift

The Black Travel Movement becomes all the more relevant as the NAACP issues a travel warning domestically, and destinations question what Confederate monuments say to visitors. Take a look back at our coverage of this $48 billion market.

2 years ago

Travel Advisory for Missouri Leaves NAACP and Local Chapter at Odds

Travel Advisory for Missouri Leaves NAACP and Local Chapter at Odds

Summer Ballentin, Associated Press

If we've learned anything from other states with similar discrimination bills it's that local economies suffer and many events and conventions pull out in favor of more welcoming and inclusive destinations.

2 years ago

Discriminatory Bathroom Bills Won’t Keep Most Travelers Out of Affected States

Discriminatory Bathroom Bills Won’t Keep Most Travelers Out of Affected States

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many U.S. travelers don't want to be labeled as racists or bigots, and publicly oppose discriminatory legislation. But that doesn't mean they won't take a trip they've been planning all year, especially if the legislation doesn't involve them.

2 years ago

Indiana Tourism Gains an Underground Railroad National Historic Site

Indiana Tourism Gains an Underground Railroad National Historic Site

Danielle Grady, Associated Press

Indiana's few national parks aren't blockbusters. A new federally recognized historic site -- and any associated funding -- could help strengthen the state's offerings, which are heavy on agri-tourism.

2 years ago

New Orleans Removes Last of 4 Confederate Statues to Become More Welcoming

New Orleans Removes Last of 4 Confederate Statues to Become More Welcoming

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

The slow but steady removal of confederate symbols across the American South sends an important message, especially to black travelers: you are welcome here. The Louisiana state tourism board could do more to echo that sentiment.

2 years ago

Mississippi City Lowers Confederate-Themed Flag to Better Attract Visitors

Mississippi City Lowers Confederate-Themed Flag to Better Attract Visitors

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

Intolerance is bad for tourism. Just look at how much revenue North Carolina lost because of its 'bathroom bill.' Now that more jurisdictions are lowering their confederate flags, Mississippi could go a step further and start investing more in civil rights tourism.

2 years ago

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Civil rights tourism is already a staple for the Alabama Tourism Department and this National Monument designation will take it to the next level. If the throngs of visitors at the new African American museum in Washington D.C. have taught us anything, federal recognition can be a very good thing.

2 years ago

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Smart destination marketing organizations will recognize that civil rights isn't just a hot-button political issue — it's a crucial part of a destination's identity, and with the right tech, it can draw visitors accordingly.

2 years ago