Discover Paris! Partners with The Travel Institute to Release a Destination Specialist Course

Paris - An Afro-centric Perspective: An Exciting New Way to View the City of Light
By: Discover Paris!
Eiffel Tower viewed from the Champs de Mars
Eiffel Tower viewed from the Champs de Mars
April 8, 2013 - PRLog -- Paris, France—Discover Paris! is proud to announce a new partnership with The Travel Institute for the release of a destination specialist continuing education course entitled Paris - An Afro-centric Perspective.  This exclusive course teaches travel professionals about African-American history in Paris and explores the cultural elements relative to the presence of the African Diaspora in the French capital. It is designed to give travel professionals the tools they need to promote Paris as a black heritage destination to new and existing clients.

Paris is a major tourist destination that has a unique place in African-American history. Because it holds a powerful mystique for the African-American traveler and because the African-American travel market is a lucrative $40 billion dollar industry, savvy travel professionals will want to tap into this market and explore the possibilities of promoting black heritage travel to Paris.  

Paris - An Afro-centric Perspective is the only continuing education course on the market that focuses on the distinctive characteristics of the African-American traveler and the reasons why travel to Paris has special appeal for them.  Travel professionals who take this course will acquire a basic knowledge of African-American history in Paris and will be able to respond to their clients’ questions about French attitudes toward African-American travelers. Upon completing this specialization course, they will be able to communicate various aspects of African Diaspora culture in Paris and to plan Afro-centric itineraries that include these elements.

Additionally, travel professionals completing this course will gain a unique perspective on the city through which they can create exciting new programs for mainstream travelers who already know and love Paris and who seek new avenues of exploration to enrich their cultural appreciation of the city.

Paris - An Afro-centric Perspective consists of an engaging instruction manual with numerous photos. Topics include an overview of African-American history in Paris; the identification of sites in Paris that bear the names of African Americans; elements of African Diaspora history pertaining to museums and monuments; and dining in restaurants that feature African and Caribbean cuisine.  Included in the manual are sample itineraries that provide a great starting point for participants to create a series of Afro-centric activities for their clients, as well as a preliminary quiz that allows candidates to test their comprehension of the course material prior to submitting a request for the final examination.  

Candidates successfully completing the course earn 5 Continuing Education Units towards fulfillment of the requirement to obtain 10 CEU per year to maintain professional certification with the Travel Institute.

Monique Y. Wells, co-founder of the travel-planning service Discover Paris!, is the author of the course. A 21-year resident of Paris, France, she and her partner Tom Reeves founded Discover Paris! ( in 1999.  In 2002, Wells launched Discover African-American History in Paris!, a program that includes self-guided walking tours; private, guided walks and museum visits; and presentations on African Diaspora culture in Paris. The name of the service was changed to Entrée to Black Paris™ in 2010.  Wells is the author of the walks presented in the book Paris Reflections: Walks through African-American Paris and has written numerous articles on African-American history, culture, and contemporary life in Paris.

The price for the course is $49.  To learn more, visit
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