We had the good fortune of connecting with Anita Francois and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anita, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The Black Travel Summit’s sole purpose is to bridge the gap between international & national corporations in travel & tourism, the general public, and Black-owned travel organizations and entrepreneurs of color. We’re here to foster collaboration, to highlight, and to celebrate the achievements of the community in addition to providing access to professional development opportunities.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Black Travel Summit is a year-round event experience celebrating Black travel industry professionals and travelers. Entrepreneurs, influencers, bloggers, organizations, and more come together in webinars, mini-summits, curated experiences, and a multi-day annual summit and celebration of the African Diaspora, our experiences while traveling, our future in travel & achievements, and collaborations with businesses within and outside of the travel industry, with a focus on uplifting Black-owned organizations. It is our mission to support, expand and enhance the voice of Black travel industry professionals, travelers and influencers. We pursue this undertaking by creating live and virtual events, thereby fostering opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the Black travel community. Black Travel Summit is passionate about disseminating knowledge on destinations, cultures, trends, and travel products & services that are inclusive of people of color.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m an art and history curator by profession, so of course I would take them to some of my favorite museums! PAMM, HistoryMiami Museum, and the Fairchild, to begin with! I’d also make sure to take them to some of my favorite cultural and artistic areas like, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Wynwood, and Overtown, since there’s so much history here. Lastly, I would take them to my go-to restaurants such as, Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale, Texas de Brazil, Chef Creole, and Coyo Taco. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shoutout Frantzy Moreau. Frantzy is my love, best friend, rock, and partner. His presence, support, and calm demeanor is all I need to keep going, and his ambition as a multi-hyphenate filmmaker only drives me further. Our aspirations alone puts the “power” in “couple.”
Image of Anita Francois, courtesy of Anoshah Pierre