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Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Message From The President

Hello TPOC Members,

We are excited that it looks like more things will begin to open this summer. Thanks to all those who are cooperating with CDC guidelines, receiving vaccines and other precautions necessary to bring the country and the world to herd immunity. With travel and tourist venues opening, we can cautiously and carefully begin to bring our businesses back to some sort of renewed state of business. As we do this, please consider information provided in the latest travel and health restrictions by destination on the following website www.apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions.

As things reopen, we are planning to move forward with TPOC’s 20th year anniversary celebration. Based on the latest news from Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York city will open July 1st and the theaters in early fall. Accordingly, we have decided on a date for our first event of that celebration. So, save the dates, September 22 through 26, for our fun-filled weekend in the Big Apple. The exciting weekend will include custom heritage tours, exciting theatre events and of course special receptions, selected dining ventures and so much more. We are looking forward to all of TPOC, our partners, friends and family to enjoy this time together after such a long separation.

TPOC is constantly growing. Since my last message, we have welcomed the Bermuda Tourism Authority as our newest Associate Member. This partnership introduces us to Earlston T. Dill, Business Development Manager – Trade Training.  We also would like to welcome Cory Wallace, National Account Manager with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Mr. Wallace replaces our current contact, Ron Gulaskey.

Please stay informed of all our upcoming events by viewing our website, viewing (and liking)   our Facebook page and by attending our monthly virtual meetings. Our next Virtual Members Meeting will be hosted by our Anniversary Committee on Thursday, May 20th,  at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Our virtual meeting of April 15th, hosted by Stacey Lucas, our membership coordinator, featured a presentation by TPOC member, Deborah Hampton, who represented our agent spotlight. She did an excellent job giving us an overview of her journey becoming a successful travel advisor in Nashville, Tennessee. Highlights of the evening offered valuable information on future travels to the Bahamas by presenters Dornell Watson-Dean, Group Sales Manager – Diversity Sales for Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; Jeannine Mayers, Director of Sales with the Hilton Resorts World Bimini and Veronica Arroyo, Marketing & Sales Manager with Balearia Caribbean. We extend a heartfelt thanks to each of them for their update on these beautiful destinations. We are looking forward to visiting the Bahamas again real soon.

Congratulations to the following winners of the gifts given by our guest speakers: Dr Ernest Boger, won a $25.00 amazon gift card and a Bahama Swag Bag. Claudia Cream, a 3-night hotel stay at the Hilton Resort in Bimini and roundtrip ferry ride on the Balearia Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale. Thank you, Stacey, for preparing and presenting such a great meeting. 

We would like to welcome Dr. Ernest P. Boger to the TPOC Board of Directors. Dr. Boger comes to us with over a half century of Hospitality/Tourism Industry operational and educational leadership. Ernest retired in 2020 after 15 years as Chairman of the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM), from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. As a TPOC member over 5 years, we are pleased and excited that he has agreed to take on this new role within the association. Thank you, Dr. Boger, we are so happy to have you as our new Marketing Director.

On behalf of the entire TPOC board, we would like to wish each of you a happy and blessed Mother’s Day, which is a celebration honoring the mother of the family as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and influences of mothers in society. Remember to say a prayer for those who have lost their mothers.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Mind Massage: ‘A Mother’s Love is Peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved’. Erich Fromm

Betty Jones, President

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