Travel Unity works with partners to increase diversity in the world of travel.

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We are looking to field volunteers for our Fall program with Citizen Schools, which will be in East Harlem.

The commitment starts with a two-hour training in late August and continues with 10 weeks of teaching from October to December.

For more info, please reach out to Trish Meade: [email protected]

Micro to Macro

Travel Unity’s focus extends from the highly specific (helping individuals realize that travel can be a part of their lives and a potential career path) to effecting broad-based change (working with institutions to increase diversity across the travel industry and assisting destinations to improve the economic livelihood of their residents).


Travel Unity’s voting body is the Board of Directors, comprised of:


Ethan Gelber


Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Ph.D.

Trish Meade

Terry Oppong


Cindy VandenBosch


Roni Weiss

Travel Unity is pleased to have an active Board of Advisors, including influential voices from within the spaces of travel/tourism, community engagement, and other relevant fields.

Members of the Board of Advisors include:

Rhonda Binda

Jim Brody

Sana Butler

Siobhan Chrétien

Valarie D’Elia

Prof. Damien L. Duchamp

Rainer Jenss

Naledi K. Khabo

Justa Lujwangana

Kimberly Ramsawak

Sarah Smith

Tiffany Townsend

Ernest White II

Travel Unity Summit

News on 2018 Travel Unity Summit

For the first time, Travel Unity is seeking to hold the Travel Unity Summit in New York State, outside of New York City. We are currently reviewing proposals by various potential partners. Stay tuned!

Interested in working together on smaller events or want to get ahead of the pack for 2019’s Summit?

Email [email protected]

Info on 3rd Annual Travel Unity Summit

The 3rd Annual Travel Unity Summit (in partnership with NYU’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality & Tourism) took place Friday, April 21, 2017 at NYU Woolworth Building, as part of the 5th Annual New York Travel Festival.

9:00am – 10:00am Registration
10:00am – 11:20am Diversity in NYS Tourism
11:30am – 12:20pm Developing International Appeal
12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch/Networking
2:30pm – 3:20pm Enticing Millennials
3:30pm – 4:20pm Marketing in a Diverse World
4:30pm – 5:30pm Embracing Diverse Hiring Practices

For more information, please visit nytravfest.com/tus

The 2nd Annual Travel Unity Summit (in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams) took place Friday, April 15, 2016 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, as part of of the 4th Annual New York Travel Festival.


Travel Unity works with local organizations to further its mission of bringing under-represented groups into travel/tourism.

Current Partnerships:

From Sept.-Dec. 2016, Travel Unity is working with Citizen Schools on a 10-week apprenticeship program for Harlem 6th graders, focusing on careers in travel/hospitality.

Travel Unity Alliance

The Travel Unity Alliance brings together companies, organizations, and individuals to help increase diversity within both the industry and the traveling public.

Global Partners include:

Sustainable Travel

Media Partners include:

NYC Chapter Members include:



To start a chapter in your locality, please e-mail [email protected].

Join our Facebook community group: facebook.com/groups/TUANYC

Travel Unity Excursions

Travel Unity works with local community organizations to organize local and regional trips for those who normally wouldn’t have organized travel opportunities.

If you work with an under-served group in New York City and would to arrange an Excursion or would like to donate goods or services, please contact us: [email protected].

Travel Unity Excursions are only currently operated in New York City and New York State.


As a registered 501(c)(3), all donations to us are tax-deductible.

To be able to deduct your donation from this year’s taxes, donate by December 31.

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Please email us to donate other amounts: [email protected]


Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to collaborate.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @TravelUnity