August 8, 2020

We Have Work to Do. So Does the Rest of the Travel Industry – Condé Nast Traveler

Travel is inherently an act of privilege. To be able to travel— to do so safely, knowing you’ll be treated with respect no matter where you go—reflects a position of privilege. The recent acts of violence threats against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, others underscore the fact that Black people risk their lives anytime they move around this country in ways white people never have to think about. These recent events, like the previous deaths of other Black people at the hs of police—so many of which, as in the cases of Sra Bl Philo Castile, illustrate the dangers of driving while Black—are fundamentally related to the question of who gets to travel. In many ways, Condé Nast Traveler reflects the failings of the industry. All of us in travel can must do better.

This is an industry that has long struggled with diversity, especially in leadership positions. That is a central reason so much of its marketing storytelling are geared to priorities preferences of white people. This is especially true in the luxury sector, which CNT specializes in. One of the easiest ways to spot this skewed perspective is in the images that both travel companies travel media use to depict the experience of travel. When is the beautiful
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