Martinique Lewis is a diversity-in-travel consultant, content creator, Influencer Manager and Marketing Director. Trusted amongst her peers as a ‘’connector’’ she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity and not just as a ‘buzzword’.
Working with numerous tourism boards and travel brands she is constantly strategizing ways to ensure travel marketing campaigns are inclusive and all travelers feel represented.
As an international speaker, her goal has always been the same: to change the face of tourism forever!
Find out more about Martinique below.
How did you get into your line of work?
I was always an avid traveler and then the rise of the Black Travel Movement happened in the U.S. and travel communities like Nomadness Tribe and Travel Noire became very prominent and encouraged so many travelers who normally wouldn’t travel to go! To explore! I started working for one of the movements and working with tourism boards to do campaigns that speak to demographics that don’t normally get marketed to.
What is one of your proudest blogging/YouTube moments?
I released my Diversity In Travel report card in January and it started to gain recognition, it was nominated for a Traverse Creator Award and a lot of tourism boards and travel companies reached out to me because of it. It’s nice to know people really do care and want to see a change in the industry.
How do you get into the creative flow?
Honestly, I have to pump myself up with Netflix documentaries and YouTube compilations. In life, I want to be great, so it helps me when I hear things that tell me I am great and that everything my hand touches is awesome. As a travel professional you travel so much, that getting work done is hard because you’re tired. But get something you can hear that’s motivating, and get it done!
Which YouTuber or blogger would you like to switch places with for a day?
Sassy (Wyatt)! Ever since meeting her at the Traverse19 conference she has literally had an impact on me. Especially when she spoke about what we put in Atl Text because that’s what she hears when a blog is being read to her. We oftentimes forget to advocate or even think for each other because we’re so caught up in ourselves. But do you ever think about what a blind blogger goes through when writing your blogs? Do you ever consider what a Muslim blogger goes through when walking through airport security? We have got to start doing things with each other in mind. She’s an inspiration.
What is one thing you wish you had had or known when you first started out?
The importance of Linkedin, and how it could really be used as a resource to get ahead.
Why should people buy a ticket to BLL?
Because it’s nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s a destination where everyone is celebrated and can learn from each other no matter what level you are currently. It’s carefully crafted to enhance your professional skills. Can’t wait to see you in September!
Click here to buy your ticket and hear more from Martinique on the 6-7th of September at Tobacco Dock.