Courtnie Nichols is the founder of Gainesville-based Compass Collective, a travel consultant company that was launched in January to connect travel brands with Black travelers.
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Business promotes travel diversity

A consultancy was created to help travel brands serve a more diverse group of travelers through its tourism marketing efforts and staff training.

Gainesville-based and female founder, Courtnie Nichols, launched Compass Collective in January to work with travel brands to authentically connect with Black travelers. 

“The travel community has a diversity problem,” Nichols said. “There was something I can do in the space I’m in. I wanted to create a bridge for more diversity.”

Nichols’ love for travel led her to take her passion full-time.

Since her first solo flight at age 10, she has lived in Europe and explored the world.

An event planner and certified travel agent, Nichols is determined to create VIP experiences, while…

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