The History

The history of the Black Hospitality Initiative began in 1990 when Greater Miami and the Beaches faced the challenges of a Black tourism boycott. Spurred by the snubbing of visitor South African anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela by local political leaders, the boycott would last 33-months and end with a 20-point program to boost the role of African Americans in the local Visitor Industry. Over the past 29 years, GMCVB and Industry Partners have provided the BHI with operational support, staff, and resources to assist with carrying out its mission.

Industry partnerships established the BHI Minority Scholarship Endowment at Florida International University that is valued at more than $600,000. BHI graduates have emerged as industry leaders in hotels, cruise lines, restaurants, educators as well as entrepreneurs in Miami and across the country.

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