Martinique Lewis is founder of The Black Travel Alliance, a non-profit created in response to the lack of diversity and inclusion within the travel industry.
As a black woman who enjoys traveling, she has experienced firsthand the lack of representation and discrimination in the travel industry. To do tackle the issue head on, she traveled to conferences to engage with CEOs and C-Suite executives, questioning their plans to increase diversity and inclusion within their companies. Her efforts were met with muted responses.
As a result, she realized that she could serve as a consultant for brands and destinations that needed guidance. Her work in this area has since earned her recognition as one of the most influential people in the travel industry.
The Black Travel Alliance supports and empowers black travel professionals in education, media and corporate positions, provides training and business support to members, hold brands accountable on lack of diversity in their marketing, and connects brands with black travel media.
Lewis’s organization also conducts and reports on research that supports insights and analysis on the black traveler and the state of the industry in relation to black travel professionals. One of their recent projects is their History of Black Travel website, which researches and contextualizes judicial and cultural events of the past and their effect on black travel, as well as giving insight to early black travel explorers and pioneers.
Moreover, Martinique Lewis created the ABC Travel Green Book, a platform that connects tourists to black-owned businesses and communities worldwide, giving you the ability to connect with the African Diaspora regardless of your travel destination.