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About Us

 

MTM is an online tour operator specialising in Black heritage, cultural and leisure experiences in Black nations for the Black diaspora. We help plan and organise Bespoke Corporate retreats, Group trips, and Solo trips in Africa, The Caribbean and Central America for our African and Caribbean descent clients who struggle with finding relevant and reliable transportation, accommodation, guided tours and activities, and cheaper flight packages.

Why we were founded

At the height of the #blacktravellersmovement, in September 2020 and the need for the African and Caribbean diaspora to uncover their history and culture and for you to love and enjoy the wonders of our black nations.

Where can we help you?

 

We help all of our clients plan activities, source accommodation and cheap flights to the following destinations:

  • Benin, Brazil, Congo

  • Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana

  • Guadeloupe, Haiti, Ivory Coast

  • Jamaica,  Kenya,  Madagascar, 

  • Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria

  • Sao Tome, Senegal, South Africa

  • Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Turkey

  • Zambia

  • We also cover City breaks in the USA and Europe.

 

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Our 
Mission

About Us

We travel to inspire and empower the Black Diaspora, to primarily explore Black Nations and reconnect with their home cultures, while helping to grow Black Nations economies through local tourism and Black-owned businesses. Celebrating the diverse and vibrant cultures of Africa, the Caribbean and Central America

 

 Our Mission to Give Back to Black Nations Communities:

 

We help grow Black Nation economies by hiring local guides and key players in the tourism
(Accommodation transport, Restaurants, nightlife…) as well as reconnecting the black diaspora
travellers to their cultural roots and travelling more intentionally and consciously.


Location: 

We are based in London, UK, but we serve customers globally and remotely. We were founded in September 2020.

About 
Our Founder

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Christina Belloge is a multilingual social media marketing expert and experienced traveller, with approximately 40+ countries over the past 16 years, primarily in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and Asia.

Her travel expertise and serial expat experience were showcased by Essence & Travel Noire.

 

As a Pan-Africanist, she created Melanin Travels Magic, in September 2020, to help the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora discover, explore and connect with the diversity of cultures, languages ​​and traditions of other black nations.

She is keen to support new talent on the way, whether by mentoring young colleagues or investing in startups and supporting other black businesses. She was the secretary of an MBMB, the only French Caribbean charity in London, always connecting people with great cultural events and boosting their self-knowledge.

 

She would like to support more charities in the education of children and encourage the reintegration of the homeless.

Our Team

Like our customers we work with highly qualified black professionals, within the diaspora and Africa, developing talent and growing the black economy along the way.

Services

Here are some of the services we can help you with

Tailor made trip planning

We help you build a bespoke itinerary, pre-trip preparation, whether you are a solo, small group or large group of travellers.

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Travel content creation

We can partner with you, whether you are a Black Travel event, tourism board, travel brand, luxury resort or Airbnb owner.

Check our work for:

  • Bitcoin Hotel, in Michamwi , Zanzibar, October 2023, on Instagram 

  • Safira Blu, Luxury Resort, in Nungwi, Zanzibar, January 2023 on Instagram

  • Black Travel Expo, Atlanta, USA , June 2023 on Instagram

Ready-made travel packages

We are working on launching ready made travel packages for those who want a generic itinerary

Why Choose
Us

We offer many benefits to travelers

  • We help develop Black Nation economies by recruiting local guides and key players in tourism (Accommodation, Transport, Restaurants, Nightlife…)

  • We reconnect Black Diaspora travellers to their cultural roots and travel more consciously.

  • We'll connect you with a well-organized guide who will help manage your budget, keeping travellers on track financially.

  • Personalization is another benefit, as travel planners we cater to individual preferences and interests to the best of our standards.

  • Being multilingual, we can offer linguistic assistance which will facilitate communication in foreign countries.

Testimonials

My first visit to West Africa was with Melanin Travels Magic. Because I had no experience with the company I will admit I was a little hesitant. I am so grateful that even in Christina’s absentia she ensured we were connected with our country host and in constant communication.
 
I commend her for doing her due diligence to connect with local contacts to make sure there is a heartfelt connection. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this budding travel group!"

Imani, Afro-American, USA, December 2021, 10-Day Group Trip to Ghana Package

Alexa Young, CA

About

Travel and Business Autorities

About

Travel Professional Bodies and Business Association

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We have recently joined the

 

African Tourism Association (NYC based)

The Africa Tourism Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. ATA membership is comprised of African governments, their tourism ministers, tourism bureaus and boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, front-line travel sellers and providers, tour operators and travel agents, and affiliate industries. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AU) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa. ATA’s annual events in Africa and the United States bring together industry leaders to shape Africa’s tourism agenda.

We are also a member of APTA

The Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA) was formed in 1980 with the objective of providing educational platforms for the travel trade in North America, who specialize in selling Africa or have an interest in growing their Africa business. Since 1980 APTA, as one of the leading trade organizations in North America specializing in promoting tourism to Africa, has provided the travel community with exceptional educational programs, weekly APTA News, educational study trips and participation in the travel industry all orchestrated in partnership with our African suppliers.  APTA is a non-profit, volunteer, B-2-B association of travel professionals on a mission to promote Africa and her islands as tourist destinations to the retail travel agents and tour operators in North America.

APTA’s memberships include of over 250 active travel agent and tour operator members and over 75 corporate members, representing hotels, safari lodges, destination management companies, airlines and tourism organizations across the African continent. APTA's organizational structure comprises of a national executive board and local chapters throughout the U.S.

We have also joined the  Black Business Association network, associated with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, based in the UK.

 About The BBA

The BBA is dedicated to lobbying and supporting the effective business activity of Black entrepreneurs and owners, demonstrating the investable credibility of Black businesses and significantly influencing the government's agenda on racial injustice, discrimination, and economic empowerment.

 

The association brings together Black business owners and employees to create a purposeful outlet, enabling networking and promoting Black entrepreneurs and business owners in the capital. The BBA group will also provide a forum to collectively address barriers to equality in London’s economy.

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WELCOME TO MELANIN
TRAVELS MAGIC!

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