Are you in search of a Black travel consulting firm?
According to DataUSA, the travel agent industry has a workforce of approximately 66,500 advisors. Of those agents, 78% are white and 9.56% are Asian. Only 6.8% are black luxury travel advisors.
According to the Mandala Report, African American travelers are a $63 billion-dollar group but we know this number is outdated. The Black Travel Alliance along with MMGY will be launching a groundbreaking study to measure the economic power of the Black traveler.
The first installment of these studies is titled The Black Traveler: Insights, Opportunities & Priorities and focuses on Black leisure travelers and meetings professionals. The Black Traveler study is set to be published in late November so stay tuned.
Black Travel Advisors are just as underrepresented as Black Travel Bloggers and unfortunately, we don’t have to wonder why.
We already know!
Travel + Leisure released their guide to ‘A-List” travel advisors but there was only one Black travel advisor on their list.
Update (10/30): I spoke with Jacqueline Gifford the Editor and Chief of Travel + Leisure this week and below is an official comment from T+L:
The A-list is a paid membership program and the editorial team vets and researches each applicant to ensure that the advisors meet the highest standards. The core of the program is about serving our audience and providing them with specialist recommendations to help them make the best travel plans possible.
That said, there are also excellent advisors out there who are not on the list and we are always looking for new applicants and perspectives. The list evolves and changes every year.
I decided to research and provide you with a list of Black Luxury Travel Advisors who will help you eliminate the stress of planning your next luxury vacation without you having to deal with the details of trip planning.
These luxury travel advisors and Black travel consulting firms allow you to easily input your trip parameters — such as location, interests, budget — and they will find the vacation that is best for you and your family.
Here are 22 Black luxury travel advisors, experts, fixers, experience makers, and Black consulting firms you should hire for your next luxury vacation.
- Up In The Air Life – Claire Soares
- LaVon Travel – Tiffany Layne
- African Travel Inc – Sherwin Banda
- Strong Travel – Steve Harris
- RA Travel – Rose Aiello; Jane Aiello
- In The Know Experiences – Kamala Cummings
- Internova (Beverly Hills) – Raschina Findlay
- The Travel Agency (The Travel Goddess) – Nik Morales
- inLuxuria – Alexandra Mendelsohn
- Travelhub 365 -Stephen Scott
- Kemi Wells – Kemi Wells
- First In Service – Mayla Melo
- TRVLB – Courtnie Nichols
- Milk + Honey Brianna Glenn
- Balboa Travel – Krista Betts
- Advantage International – Gene Harley & JaVonne Harley
- Lilacs & Chai – Janelle Ruhumuliza
- Your Blueprint Travel – Ayasha Teague
- Krista Lulla – Micato Safaris
- Internova – Eren Hock
- Allons Voyage – Allyson Owens
- Perspectives Travel – Amina Dearmon
Why Hire a Luxury Travel Advisor or Black Travel Consulting Firm
Working with a luxury travel advisor comes with all sorts of benefits.
Not only do these professionals eliminate the stress of planning by dealing with all of the details (visa requirements, bookings, etc.)
They also provide incredible insight and unparalleled access that gives you value you couldn’t get any other way.
Whether it’s with a private dinner at the foot of the Pyramids at Giza, an exclusive nighttime visit to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, or a dance lesson with a Cuban rumba master, a seasoned advisor can help turn your next vacation into the experience of a lifetime.
Passports & Grub Black Travel Advisor A-List will showcase my picks of the 22 top agents and luxury travel advisors you need to hire.
1. Up In The Air Life
Up in The Air Life is an international travel company founded by Claire Soares. The company is focused on showcasing luxury travel and amazing experiences that you’ve never imagined.