About Our Partners

About Our Partners

MMGY Global recognizes its position as a leader in the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.  We are committed to lending our voice, our reach, and the work that results from our partnerships to better reflect the true diversity of our communities. “Inspiring People To Go Places” is more than a mantra; it is a commitment to ensure that the equitable promotion of communities, no matter their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender affiliation, and ability is a priority. 

Through a renewed focus on the development of Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ traveler studies and reports, including alliances with prominent advocacy groups for these groups, MMGY Global is enriching and promoting a deeper understanding of travelers across all communities.


Black Travel Alliance is a new group of Black travel content creators from across the globe. Our three pillars of the community are alliance, amplification and accountability. As travel authors, bloggers, broadcasters, journalists, photographers, podcasters, social media influencers and vloggers, we unify to amplify. We also aim to provide training and business support to our members, as well as hold destinations and travel brands accountable on the issue of diversity in travel marketing and storytelling.

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NCBMP is dedicated to the training needs of Black hospitality professionals and to those who support Black meetings and events. Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by advocating for equity and helping members maximize their ROI.

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NABHOOD is an organization aimed at increasing the number of African Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels and expanding vendor opportunities and executive-level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African American community. The key to achieving this is the Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show. This four-day summit is designed to educate attendees on becoming a hotel owner or investor; share minority investment trends; explore supplier opportunities; find out how to market to minorities; and identify and address diversity issues affecting the industry.

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Research Steering Committee

Ursula Petula Barzey, Steering Committee Co-Chair | Caribbean & Co. & Black Travel Alliance

Jason Dunn, Steering Committee Co-Chair | National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) & Cincinnati USA CVB

Melissa Cherry | Destinations International

Alana K. Dillette | L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, San Diego State University & Co-Director, Tourism RESET

Warren Fields | Pyramid Hotel Group & NABHOOD

Danny Guerrero | MMGY Global

Hoyt Harper | Starwood Hotels Investor/Advisor

Dzidra Junior | National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP)

Kier Matthews | Classic Vacations

Robin McClain | Destination DC

Steve Paganelli | TripAdvisor

Angie Pappas | Visit California

PJ Douglas-Sands | International Multi-Cultural Tourism Alliance

This study could not be possible without the commitment, partnership and sponsorship of these travel brands: