Women in Travel and Tourism forum to be held digitally

Women in Travel and Tourism forum to be held digitally

Five main themes will be looked at over six afternoons in May

The second International Women in Travel and Tourism Forum is to take place digitally.

The event, organised by social enterprise Women in Travel, will run on May 10-15.

Five main themes over five afternoons are scheduled, plus an optional experiential day:

  • Day 1 – May 10: Taking stock of where we are and getting ready for recovery.
  • Day 2 – May 11: Building a better future for all in travel and tourism.
  • Day 3 – May 12: Talent through a gender and inclusion lens.
  • Day 4 – May 13: How do we build an inclusive travel and tourism industry.
  • Day 5 – May 14: Using mentoring to empower yourself and your career.
  • Day 6 – May 15: Experience one of three female-led London day tours.

Speakers include Laura Storm, founder of Regenerators, co-author of Regenerative Leadership and young global leader, who will give a keynote address on regenerative leadership.

Others include UNWTO innovation, education and investment director Natalia Bayona, dnata Travel Europe chief executive John Bevan and Diversity in Travel consultant and Black Travel Alliance president Martinique Lewis.

Intrepid Travel, which helped launch the inaugural forum last year, remains a key partner of the digital event.

Women in Travel founder Alessandra Alonso said: “The 2020 International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum is more relevant than ever due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has impacted the travel and tourism sector globally.

“By holding this Forum in May, we hope to contribute to the travel and tourism industry’s recovery and longer-term success by providing a space for women and like-minded men to come together to share ways to build back better, and accelerate diversity and inclusion in the sector.”

Intrepid Travel EMEA managing director Zina Bencheikh, chair of 2021 forum, added: “Women in Travel shares many of our values at Intrepid Travel, particularly our belief that we cannot have a sustainable travel industry without female empowerment.

“Following the most challenging of years, this year’s digital International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum is more important than ever as we examine the impact of the pandemic on women in our industry and look ahead to the future.”

Sessions will be live and be available on-demand to registered attendees in the weeks following the event. Ticket prices range from £10-£60 until April 12 and between £15 and £100 afterwards via www.womenintravelcic.com