These 50+ experts in the travel & tourism industry will show you the way. La fuerza está en la unión. Let’s gather and grow our minds and as people.
Vanessa Fondeur-Adams is a fierce and adventurous Dominican Jefa. As a NYC educator with insatiable wanderlust, she wanted her hugely underrepresented high school students to experience the world beyond the textbooks and become more global-minded so Vanessa began leading students on educational tours to countries such as China, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, and Spain. Now as founder of Latino World Travelers – a global community for Latinos, she looks to expand on her passion for travel one Latino/x at a time, one passport stamp at a time. Her mission is to empower Latinos/x to experience the world, and diversify the face of travel. In her fight to have Latinos represented in the travel industry, this past March, she launched the first-ever Latino Travel Fest with over 50 speakers in 16 different panels and 5 culturally immersive experiences. The goals are to educate the Latino/x community about how they can make travel part of their lifestyle, and provide a platform to spotlight travel creators, bloggers, and thought-leaders.
Jen Ruiz is a lawyer turned full-time travel blogger and author. She is a 5-time Amazon bestselling author, 3-time TEDx speaker and multi award-winning travel journalist. She has been featured by The Washington Post, Forbes and ABC News and is the solo female traveler behind Jen on a Jet Plane.
Richard Cantave is a tourism expert with a vivid entrepreneurial spirit. Having traveled to more than 70 countries; he has founded the Haitian Nomad Brand through which he curates high end cultural experiences around the world. Born and raised in Haiti, one of the major focuses of Haitian Nomad is to connect the Haitian Diaspora to their motherland—This has earned Richard several awards including Nomadness Travel Tribe’s “Man of The Year” 2017 and The Association of Haitian Professional’s “Diaspora Engagement Awards” 2018.
Featured on several well-respected media outlets such as Essence Magazine, Loop, Griot Republic, L’Union Suite, Ticket magazine, Haitian Nomad now hosts close to 20 exciting destinations throughout the year to places like Egypt, Maldives, Thailand, the French Riviera, Kenya, Morocco, Haiti and even Antarctica. Every year, the Haitian Nomad brand continues to grow and offers more and more destinations for rich cultural experiences.
Flavia Cornejo started Latina Traveler after traveling to over 25 countries, mainly as a solo female traveler, and getting so many questions about how to do it along the way. What started as a way to showcase her travels has turned into helping Latinas and other WOC how to travel safely and with confidence even when traveling solo. As a Latina herself, Flavia goes against many of the typical stereotypes and lets the world know that Latinas can do anything solo even venturing off on their own.
Danny Guerrero, founder of The Culturist Group is a 20+ year travel industry veteran is a trailblazer and force for good in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Danny is a frequent guest speaker at travel and tourism industry conferences where he advocates for underrepresented travelers and illuminates how shifting demographics, travel sentiment, and culture represents opportunities for the travel industry.
Lu Colmenares is a Venezuelan Entrepeneur, and the creator and founder of The Solo Female Traveler Podcast. That has traveled to 23 countries in less than 3 years
Female solo budget traveler who has been blogging for 8 years at traveleira.com. One of her passions as a traveler is exploring off the beaten path destinations. Besides traveling, Brenda is the CEO of Eventurera Ediciones, a publisher house focused on printed travel resources and also works as an SEO consultant and Languages teacher.
Rosa is a Latina content creator who runs The Traveling Roses blog along with her teenage daughter. Whether it’s hopping on a plane to a far away destination or jumping in the car for a quick getaway; the journey is just as fun as the destination. Working alongside with Tourism Boards, Hotels & tourist attractions they have built a brand and portfolio where they share travel adventures and help bring awareness to mother/daughter travel across their platforms.
@jetsetjose is a registered nurse based out of New York. Traveling is one of his passions. He enjoys diving into the local culture and finding the hidden gems during his trips.
Puerto Rican Travel Blogger and Content Creator. Moved back to PR after 20 years and currently enjoying sun and beach.
Jeanine Romo is a travel blogger, content creator, and podcaster who loves outdoor adventure. Her blog features destination guides and helpful tips that serve as inspiration for those who want to travel more adventurously. When she’s not traveling around the world she’s exploring her home state of California and neighboring states. You can often catch her roadtripping to national parks, state parks, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations.