Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami will work to advance economic participation and open doors of opportunity for African Americans and Blacks of African descent in the Greater Miami Visitors Industry.
Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami (BHI) formerly the Visitor Industry Human Resource Development Council (VIC) is a non-profit 501© 3 organization established in 1991 by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) to advance economic participation and open doors of opportunity for African Americans and Blacks of African descent in the Greater Miami Visitor Industry. To fulfill its mission the Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami focus areas are: Advocacy, Talent Development and Career Coaching.
The history of the Black Hospitality Initiative began in 1990 when Greater Miami and the Beaches faced the challenges of a Black tourism boycott. Spurred by the snubbing of visitor South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela by local political leaders, the boycott would last 33-months and end with a 20-point program to boost the role of African Americans in the local Visitor Industry. Over the past 19 years GMCVB and industry partners have provided BHI with more than 3.5 million in operational support, staff, and resources to assist with carrying out its mission. GMCVB and industry partners provide strong industry, corporate and community support to BHI. These resources have facilitated a long impressive list of accomplishments. Industry partnerships established the BHI Minority Scholarship Endowment at Florida International University that is valued at more than $441,496.40. BHI graduates have emerged as industry leaders in hotels, cruise lines, restaurants, and entrepreneurs and as educators in Miami and across the country. To support our scholarship programs and operations each year GMCVB helps sponsor the Hospitality Open Golf Tournament (H.O.T. Challenge) and Silent Auction annually to benefit the BHI scholarship program. The May 2009 event marked the tournament’s 19th annual challenge that raised more than $120,000 due to more than 200 corporate and community to include Miami-Dade County's leading hotels, cruise lines, food and beverage establishments and educational institutions. Many participate as corporate sponsors, patrons and board members.