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Associations dial up diversity push with wave of new efforts

Multiple organizations have pledged to expand opportunities in their industry sectors to historically underrepresented populations

Jan. 22, 2021
By Walt Williams

At least eight associations have launched new diversity and inclusion initiatives in recent weeks, all part of a larger trend of groups making good on promises to do more to promote diversity following last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

Destinations International on Jan. 14 announced the creation of a diversity and inclusion “strategy roadmap” for visitors bureaus, convention centers and other members. Among other things, the roadmap spells out best industry practices on the subject. The association has also launched a diversity and inclusion masterclass for members.

The Global Business Travel Association announced the creation of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee on Jan. 6. The goal, according to GBTA interim Executive Director Dave Hilfman, is to raise the profile “for all individuals from all walks of life, religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities, mental health and invisible illnesses.”