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McIntyre-Pike to be inducted into African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame

The inaugural African Diaspora World Tourism Awards launched in May 2014 in Atlanta has taken a giant leap ahead into the future through a seeming alchemical transformation in just three years as a major showcase of African royalty and cultural heritage in the Americas.

The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWT-Awards) and Travel Expo, are set to take place from August 26-28, 2016, in Atlanta at the Westin Atlanta Airport.

Jamaica's internationally recognised pioneer of community tourism, Diana McIntyre-Pike, will be inducted into the ADWTA Hall of Fame and will receive an award for her work in community tourism during a formal awards session. McIntyre-Pike has also been nominated as the Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Ambassador for Jamaica.

She is the founder-president of Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses and has headed the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean for over 24 years.


"The awards ceremony is a world-class event honouring movers and shakers in black cultural heritage tourism. Dignitaries, notables, professionals, and cultural heritage and travel enthusiasts from all over the world will be in attendance," said Kitty J. Pope, African Diaspora tourism publisher.

Returning to the ADWT-Awards and Travel Expo will be Sharon Parris-Chambers, tourism consultant, founder of the Caribbean Health Tourism & Spa Conference (2005-2009) and IIPT Caribbean Advisory Board member, who has received the African Diaspora World Tourism Flame Keepers Awards for Online Publication, Websites and Online Media, which has done much towards promoting black travel and black cultural and heritage tourism in 2014. She has also been nominated as Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Ambassador for the Caribbean and is in contention for other awards.

Joining the all-star honourees this year is Lou D'Amore, founder and president of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism serving as an international chair for the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards. 

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